The US headed Combined Joint Task Forces announced a few hours ago:
“Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town. Following the attack, the Coalition contacted its Russian counterparts to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing.
At 6:43 pm, a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A 18E Super Hornet”
The Syrian Army declared that the SU-22 was targeting the Islamic state when it was shot down:
“Aircraft from the ‘international coalition’ targeted one of our fighter planes in the Resafa region of southern Raqqa province this afternoon while it was conducting a mission against ISIS.
بيان صادر عن القيادة العامة للجيش والقوات المسلحةأقدم طيران ما يدعى (بالتحالف الدولي) بعد ظهر اليوم على استهداف أحدى ط…
It’s most likely that the U.S. F/A Super Hornet jet that attacked the Syrian SU-22 was operating from the USS George H.W. Bush.
This incident is the first one during the Syrian conflict when a US fighter jet shot down a manned Syrian aircraft.
Developments that occurred earlier yesterday: