Downed Syrian Fighter was Pentagon's First Air-To-Air Kill In 18 Years

A US jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked forces fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the USA -led coalition in Syria says.

The ministry said it will track all US planes and drones starting Monday.

The US-led Operation Inherent Resolve, as it is called, said on Sunday that its aircraft first conducted a show of force in support of fighters of the rebel Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), which had come under attack from Syrian government forces earlier in the day in Ja'Din town, south of Tabqah.

The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal after the US military confirmed that it downed a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near USA partner forces.

It's believed to be the first time in nine years that "a US combat aircraft has shot down a manned enemy aircraft in aerial combat", The Aviationist reports.

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"Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the global coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air defenses on and above ground".

The US-led coalition has in recent weeks escalated its aerial bombing campaign in northern Syria and Raqqa province.

In letters addressed to the UN Security Council and the UN secretary-general and published by the SANA news agency, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the United States was trying to prevent the Syrian army and its allies from fighting terrorism on legitimate grounds on Syrian territory.

Syria said that the fighter jet that was downed was on a combat mission against Islamic State.

"The shooting down of a Syrian Air Force jet in Syria's airspace is a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty".

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Using the "deconfliction line", the United States asked Russian Federation to "de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

In a high-profile incident in May US planes struck Syrian pro-regime forces, which they said threatened US partner forces that were being trained near Tanf in southern Syria.

"What is this, if not an act of aggression?"

On several occasions in recent weeks, warplanes of the US -led coalition have also struck pro-government forces to prevent them advancing from a USA -controlled garrison in southeastern Syria at a spot where the country's borders join with Iraq and Jordan.

The United States and Russian Federation, which has been providing an air cover for Bashar Assad since 2015 in his offensive against the Daesh group, have a standing agreement that should prevent in-the-air incidents involving USA and Russian Federation jets engaged in operations in Syria. Both recent US air-to-air engagements come after attempts by the Syrian regime and its proxies to attack USA backed anti-ISIS fighters. Israel also is concerned about Iran's missiles and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.

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