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U.S. fighter downs Syrian jet


In a first, a U.S. jet fighter has downed a Syrian jet affiliated with the regime of Bashar al Assad.

AP reports that the Syrian plane, an SU-22, was shot out of the sky by an American F-18 Super Hornet.

The Syrian plane had reportedly just bombed a militia associated with the U.S. military. American war planners had previously engaged Syrian forces on the ground, but never in the air. According to the AP:

The U.S. military statement said it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner forces and that the U.S. did not seek a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters.

"The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria," the Pentagon said, using an abbreviation for the Islamic State group. "The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat. "

On the same day, Iran fired a missile into Syrian territory from its own soil, another first.

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