June 18, 2017 / 8:55 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. says it downed Syrian warplane that attacked U.S.-backed fighters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. warplane on Sunday shot down a Syrian military aircraft that dropped bombs near U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, the U.S. military said.

The U.S. Central Command issued a statement saying the plane was downed “in collective self-defence of Coalition-partnered forces,” identified as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqah.

The Syrian army said earlier that the U.S.-led coalition shot down one of its planes during a combat mission against Islamic State militants. Washington is leading an alliance in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Peter Cooney

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