U.S. Hornet warplane shooting a Syrian fighter jet out of the sky on Sunday. Washington says, it was acting in self-defense and that the Syrian plane had dropped bombs near U.S. backed forces. While Damascus says, it was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants.
It's the first time a Syrian jet has been hit by the U.S. since the start of the conflict in 2011. The Syrian army is calling it an attempt to undermine its efforts as the only effective force in fighting terrorism across the country. The U.S. -led coalition has been aggressively ramping up its aereal bombing campaign in Syria Recently capturing several districts near Raqqa from militants.
Officials tell Reuters, skirmishes have been breaking out between the Syrian Army and U.S. backed Forces around Raqqa. As both sides tried to recapture turf from Islamic State. Warplanes from the U.S. -led coalition have also struck pro-government forces several times in recent weeks. Washington also describes those strikes as self-defense.