Over the course of the weekend, the United States military has done something that they’ve yet to do in over a decade. On Sunday June 18th, a U.S. Navy Fighter Jet struck down a Syrian multi-use tactical bomber after several failed attempts of communicating with the Syrian Su-22. This is the first time the United States has provided the orders to shoot down a foreign manned aircraft since 1999. Through the rules of engagement provided, and in self-defense of a strike from the bomber, the Su-22 was shot down immediately by the United States F/A-18E Super Hornet.
In response of the Super Hornet shooting down the Syrian Su-22, Russia has unleashed a threat to the United States stating that they will target US Military aircraft’s in Syria from this point forward. Russia is declining to receive action reports which explain the reasoning of the U.S. Super Hornet shooting down the Su-22.
Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Monday that the U.S. has severed a “Deconfliction Line” which previously kept a fine line between the United States and Russia in order to avoid conflict between the two nations during the backing of separate campaigns against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, also known as “ISIS”.
Syria has condemned this attack and states that it will have “dangerous repercussions”. The Syrian government has halted communications with the United States which prevents communication against any further air conflicts.
Granted, this isn’t the first time that communications between Syria/Russia and the United States have been halted, they were also halted during the attack in April on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria and just recently resumed last month. The U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has called on Russia to continue communications and any available measures to help reduce the chance of further possible misunderstandings in the crowded airspace in Syria.
Due to these unfortunate circumstances, a US Military spokesman has stated that the United States Military is re-positioning aircraft over Syria to ensure the safety of American crew members & soldiers from the Syrian government as well as from the Russian forces in the area.