Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis has said that the United States is ready to shot down Syrian government warplanes over the city of Hasakah in eastern Syria. The United States also scrambled warplanes near Hasakah, after Syrian SU-24 attack aircraft dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US Special Forces sericemembers deployed with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area.
On August 19, two Syrian Su-24 jets struck Kurdish positions in and near Hasakah amid heavy fighting between forces aligned with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (YPG and Asayish) and the National Defense Forces loyal to the Syrian government. (MORE DETAILS HERE)
According to Davis, the strike came close to US Special Forces operators, who were embedded with the US-backed Kurdish forces. No US servicemembers were wounded in the bombing. But, they were forced to retreat from the area.
This also proves one more time that there are no some “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” on the ground in Syria. The SDF is just another brand for the US-backed Kurdish units.
US scrambled jets over N. Syria after 2 Syria Su-24s bomb dangerously close to US SOF on the ground. Say Dod Spox Capt. Davis.
— Jamie McIntyre (@jamiejmcintyre) August 19, 2016
Davis said that when the air strikes began, the “coalition forces on the ground” tried reaching the Syrian planes on a common radio frequency, but failed to do so. The US-led coalition then reached out to the Russian military, using a previously established channel, and the Russians confirmed their warplanes were not involved.
If the US decides to shot down Syrian warplanes, this will makr a new wave of escalations in the Arab republic with involvement of various foreign and foreign-backed forces. It’s important to note taht the presence of US forces in Syria is illegal under international law because they have no approvement by the Syrian government.