Russian Federation says 180 IS fighters killed in Syria strikes

U.S. warplane downs Syrian army jet in Raqqa province

The U.S. -led coalition shot down the Syrian warplane over the city of Rasafeh in the southern countryside of Raqqa, while the warplane was carrying out a combat mission against the Islamic State (IS) group, said the general command of the Syrian army.

When a Syrian army SU-22 jet later dropped bombs near the USA backed forces, it was immediately shot by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, the statement said.

A few hours later, the Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters and, "in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces", was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Pentagon said.

The strike was believed to be the US military's first air-to-air kill in years.

"This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated the Syrian desert in more ways than one, " the statement read.

The bombing signaled the latest escalation between coalition and pro-Assad forces.

A Syrian army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing.

Tanf is a key town on the Iraq-Syrian border that has been home to a U.S. Special Operations training outpost for months.

The U.S. move proves that Washington has red lines for the Syrian army to stay away from, as such areas including near the Iraqi borders and Raqqa are the share of the U.S. -backed forces.

"The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria", the USA task force in charge of operations in Syria and Iraq announced on Sunday.

Coalition aircraft then stopped the pro-government forces' initial advance with a "show of force", the coalition said, adding that it 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".

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