ssia says it will now treat some US led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential targets after a US warplane downed a jet belonging to the Syrian military. Washington say they acted in self-defense, as the Syrian plane had dropped bombs near US-backed forces. Damascus says their jet was on a mission against Islamic State.
Russia, who backs the Syrian government, announcing Monday it would now treat US led coalition aircraft, flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria, as potential targets, tracking them with mIssile systems and military aircraft. It is the first time a Syrian jet has been hit by the US since the start of the conflict 2011.
Reuters correspondent Angus McDowell in Beirut says the situation in Syria is becoming increasingly complex.>> Iran has now fired for the first time ballistic missiles into Syria at ISIS seemingly in retribution for the jihadist attack on its parliament this month. Russia also has forces and jets in support of the Syrian government against rebels.
The United States has special forces on the ground assisting rebels and also, Syrian Kurdish and Arab militias against ISIS. And, of course, Turkey has established an enclave in support of rebels in the north, but it is also fighting the very Kurdish militias that are friends of the United States.
US-backed Syrian militias have accused the Syrian government of bombing their positions southwest of Raqqa city in recent days. They're threatening to retaliate if the attacks continue.