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Led coalition shoots down Syrian fighter jet

Led coalition shoots down Syrian fighter jet

The Pentagon said Sunday a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on coalition-partnered fighters near the town of Tabqah.

The US-led coalition on Sunday said it downed the plane after it dropped bombs on American-backed forces fighting ISIL in northern Syria.

Earlier, Syrian forces attacked coalition fighters in Ja'Din, wounding a number of fighters and driving them from the town.

This is the latest example of tension between the Russian-backed Syrian regime and USA -led coalition forces, who are partnering with Arab and Kurdish forces to destroy ISIS.

The pilot of the jet went missing after this "flagrant aggression", the army's command added in a statement, according to Syria's state news agency SANA.

The incident occurred in the town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqa, Syria, which had recently been retaken from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebel forces supported by the U.S.in the fight against the militant group.

S. -led coalition forces in Syria.

Just hours earlier, the United States bombed Syrian government and allied troops inside a protected zone in that area, and marked a sharp escalation in the skirmishes between the coalition and those pro-Syrian government forces there.

The coalition contacted Russian commanders to set up a "de-confliction line" to prevent the fighting from worsening.

The Combined Joint Task Force stressed that the coalition's mission is to defeat IS.

Following the downing of the Syrian plane, clashes between regime troops and coalition-backed fighters broke out in two villages some 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the city of Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Branding the action as flagrant aggression, the Syrian army said the downing of the Syrian war jet by the US coalition is an evidence on the supportive role of the U.S.to the terror groups.

An Army spokesman at the Pentagon said at the time that the drone carried more weapons and was considered a direct threat, prompting the shootdown.