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Syrian regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria for a second day, even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its military advisers working on the ground.
In another escalation of Syria's bloody conflict, warplanes from President Bashar al-Assad's regime were bombarding the city of Hasakeh -- targeting Kurdish forces that for months have worked closely with coalition military advisers helping local fighters combat the Islamic State group.
On Thursday, the United States sent fighter jets to head off air strikes conducted by regime planes and to protect coalition advisers, but the Syrian planes had left by the time they arrived.
On Friday, U.S. aircraft patrolling the area learned that Syrian jets were attempting to fly across the area and flew to meet them, a senior defense official said. The two U.S. F-22 fighter jets got within a mile of the Syrian SU-24 aircraft and the Syrian jets saw them, then turned and left the area, the official said.
The U.S. jets tried to contact the Syrian aircraft but there was no response, the official said. No weapons were fired but the presence of the coalition aircraft encouraged the Syrian aircraft to depart the airspace without incident, according to the official, who was not authorized the discuss the incident by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Syrian government forces have been bombing Kurdish-controlled portions of Hassakeh in recent days, and scores of residents have fled the city.
The additional U.S. combat air patrols will monitor the situation and provide assistance to coalition forces if needed, but are not enforcing any kind of no-fly zone, Davis said.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area and has warned Syria that America will defend coalition troops. He also said he believes this is the first time the U.S. has scrambled aircraft in response to an incident like this involving Syrian government bombings.
originally posted by: ANNED
"but the presence of the coalition aircraft encouraged the Syrian aircraft to depart the airspace without incident,"
I bet it was more then the presence of coalition aircraft.
More likely it was the syrian aircraft getting lit up and locked on with aircraft fire control radar.
When locked on you tend the get underwear sucked up tight.
originally posted by: wantsome
One act of stupidity by either side and this could escalate rather quickly. One day humanity might just wake up to find the world is a very different place. Well those of us that are left anyways. I don't think the world has seen this much turmoil since the lead up to the previous world wars.
originally posted by: 727Sky
Very true but the Syrian's were sending heavy bomb laden unescorted fighter bombers to do the bombing.. Next step if they want to escalate is send SU-?? fighters as high cover ... I would hate to see loss of life for any of our guys trying to do a mission they have been ordered to do...
originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
a reply to: 23432
No he hasn't...they are discussing it but nothing is final.
If necessary is what was said...that doesn't mean yes they can.