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US shoots down Russian-made Syrian jet. Is this war?


The United States may be inching closer to “boots on the ground” in Syria after the U.S. Air Force shot down a Syrian fighter jet that dropped bombs near American-supported Syrian rebels.

A Russian-made Su-22 fighter-bomber was shot down by a U.S. Air Force F18 after it attempted to bomb Syrian Democratic Force rebels as part of that nation’s on-going civil war.

“In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces, (the Syrian jet) was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet,” read a statement from the U.S.-led coalition force supporting the rebels.  It was the first shootdown of a Syrian jet by coalition forces since the civil war began in 2014.

And that has tensions rising.  With U.S.-led forces now shooting down Russian-led forces, observers grow concerned the military situation will eventually require American troops to enter and occupy Syria. Already in a proxy war with Russia, American servicemembers could find themselves now in a shooting war against Russian-backed-and-equipped forces.

Video credit: Fox Business

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