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US shoots down Syrian Su-22

19 June 2017

The US-led coalition announced on 19 June that a Syrian Su-22 jet that attacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters had been shot down by a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet the day before.

The coalition said the incident occurred after pro-government forces attacked the SDF-held town of Ja'Din, south of Al-Tabqah. The SDF crossed the Euphrates at Al-Tabqah to encircle the Islamic State-held city of Al-Raqqah to the east.

"Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town," it said. "At 18:43, a Syrian regime Su-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet."

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