Syrian War Report – June 19, 2017: US Downs Syrian Su-22, Pushes To SAA-SDF Escalation

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On Sunday, a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane near Ja’Din in the western part of the province of Raqqah. Ja’Din is located in the area south of the town of Tabqah controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Su-22 was supporting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance towards the ISIS-held town of Resafa located at the Ithriyah-Resafa-Raqqa road.

“At 6:43pm, a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet,” the US-led coalition said in a statement on the issue.

In turn, the Syrian Defense Ministry said that the attack was attempt to undermine the SAA effort against ISIS.
The US attack came amid the rapid SAA advance in the Resafa area. With the liberation of Resafa, the SAA controls one of the important roads heading to Deir Ezzor besieged by ISIS terrorists. In this case, the US move is another attempt to draw red lines for the internationally recognized government of Syria. Washington sees successful SAA operations against ISIS as a threat to the US influence in the war-torn country.

Following the incident, the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched medium-range ground-to-ground missiles at ISIS targets in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. According to the IRGC, the missiles were launched from the western Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Kordestan, flied through Iraq’s airspace and hit terrorists targets in Syria. Iran reportedly used Zolfaqar missiles.

The IRGC statement said that the missile strike was a response to the recent ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in Tehran. However, it’s clear that this missile strike was a message to the US-led coalition and US-backed forces in Syria. The missile strike shows that Iran is capable to conduct a missile strike on joint garrisons of the US-led coalition forces and US-backed militant groups located near the villages of At Tanf and al-Zquf at the border with Iraq.

Meanwhile, according to some sources, sporadic firefights appeared between the SAA and the SDF south of Tabqah after the SDF had opposed government forces attempt to conduct a pilot rescue operation in the area.

Reports also appeared that US-led coalition forces are setting up a military facility in the town of Tabqah. US forces are reportedly aiming to build a command center and residential buildings for its troops. According to opposition sources, the US wants to adopt the new base as a long-term base in Syria.

Despite tensions with the US-led coalition, the SAA continued operations against ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside where government forces liberated Jab al-Saad, Rasm Amoun, Hanita and Hassou al-‘Albawi and continued advancing with aim to shorten the frontline in the area.

The recent events show that the US and its allies lost a tactical initiative in the conflict and now they are attempting to stop ongoing or prevent expected SAA operations in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor, and along the border with Iraq.

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  • Terence Silvestre Jr.

    I think the coalition of the United States in Syria were stupid but not so much.
    Because with every stupidity they commit against the Syrian government and its allies, more determined those last will be to do exactly the opposite thing against any plan and sickly project of the americans in the region.
    Poor fools.

    • Ma_Laoshi

      Aggressive action will only have proven to be stupid when it gets the US a bloody nose. As long as they continue to get away with it, they probably see themselves as bold and who can blame them. As of today, the US effectively controls some 20% of Syrian territory, a couple of its borders, and many oil wells. All of this without paying any price other then cheap taxpayer money. Not a bad score from their point of view.

  • Alex Black

    I would like to know why the video claim ja’din was in sdf control, that doesnt seem to be evidenced by anything.

    • Skagos

      It was captured by SAA from ISIS but a couple of hours ago some news said SDF/PKK captured it from SAA.

      • Alex Black

        Well then wouldn’t the SDF be the aggressor?

  • EL ZORRO

    “US forces are reportedly aiming to build a command center and residential buildings for its troops. According to opposition sources, the US wants to adopt the new base as a long-term base in Syria”…TRANSLATION…UNITED STATES are building new base and COMMAND CENTER in the SOVEREIGN COUNTRY OF SYRIA, to support THEIR INTERNATIONAL MERCENARY TERRORISTS and keep their CRIMES AGAINS HUMANITY IN SYRYA.

  • Nigel Maund

    Time for the US to get out of Syria! It’s presence there is utterly illegal and they are now guilty of multiple war crimes of ever growing scale. The Russians, Syrians or Iran would now be be fully entitled to shoot down US aircraft and attack US illegal bases and positions. It’s only a matter of time until this escalation happens and the Deep State know it and are provoking a response as they desperately want a war as they’re losing in Syria as they have everywhere else.

  • Hiệp chadwick

    They have the pilot which raises questions over who is lying. If he landed in ISIS area his head would be on a stake.

  • markusaa

    So much lies from southfront. The Syrian regime wants to keep ISIS alive and attacks those that fight ISIS.

    • Alex

      Of course, because they love isil stealing their oil and gas and punching a hole in their budget.

      • Jens Holm

        Yes, and in Palmyra they sended them 30 armed vehicles for it too…..

        ISIS bought the oil from SDF and now they have more tanks then ever ….

    • gustavo

      Yes, very few times one can see and read reasoning so ridiculous like this, very close to total stuoidity.

    • Jens Holm

      No way. If You are able to check other sources they havnt said that nightmare of Yours as well.

  • Jens Holm

    SAA dont control the road to Deir El Zor. SDF & ISIS do.