Why US F/A-18 E shot down Syrian SU-22 jet?

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A US warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near US backed forces, ABS-CBN said in a report.

According to the Syrian statement, the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State in the countryside around Raqqa when it was targeted, leading to a crash and the loss of the pilot, who is currently missing.

“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 statement read.

The coalition does “not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces” but would not “hesitate to defend itself or its “partnered forces from any threat,” the statement said.

This is not the first time that the US-led intervention in Syria has led to standoffs and violence against pro-government forces.

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