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June 19, 2017

US Shoots Down Syrian Plane

Well, not psyched about being further drawn into the Syrian Civil War, but can't complain too much about the shoot-down itself.

A U.S. strike aircraft shot down a Syrian government fighter jet Sunday shortly after the Syrians bombed U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The Pentagon said the downing of the aircraft came hours after Syrian loyalist forces attacked U.S.-backed fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the village of Ja'Din, southwest of Raqqa. The rare attack was the first time a U.S. jet has shot down a manned hostile aircraft in more than a decade, and it signaled the United States' sharply intensifying role in Syria's war.

The incident is the fourth time within a month that the U.S. military has attacked pro-Syrian government forces.

Syria claims the jet was attacking ISIS forces, and the US says that's total bullshit.

Russia, which supposedly hacked the election in favor of Donald Trump and has a huge Kompromat File on him they can use to force him to do their bidding, is now threatening to track, and maybe even shoot down, every flying thing in the skies over Syria in response to the US shootdown.

They've also turned off the "deconfliction" hotline which allows US and Russia to make sure we're not shooting at each other.

The country's defence ministry said it would track US-led coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

A hotline set up between Russia and the US to prevent mid-air collisions will also be suspended.

"All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets," the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.


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