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Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shoots down Syrian jet first kill since 1999

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A Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 on Sunday, giving the U.S. military its first air-to-air kill since 1999 when it downed a Serbian Mig-29 over Bosnia.
The Syrian aircraft attacked Syrian Democratic Forces earlier in the day, who are part of a U.S. led coalition to defeat ISIS. Pro-regime ground forces then proceeded to advance into the town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, held by US coalition Syrian Democratic Forces.

Pro-Coalition aircraft then conducted a ‘show of force’ and halted the initial pro-regime advance into the town. The Pentagon said following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts “to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing,” according to the statement.

A few hours later, the Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters and, “in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces,” was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Pentagon said.

Today’s event only furthers the conflict between US Coalition members in the region and the Assad Regime forces.

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