Tuesday, 20 June 2017

US-Led Coalition Downs Syrian Army Plane (that was Bombing ISIS) in Southern Raqqa

One of the Syrian fighter jets has been shot down by U.S.-led forces. The Syrian government says the plane was conducting a counter-terrorist raid, when it was brought down south of Raqqa.

The Syrian warplane was not threatening SDF forces but was attacking a fleeing ISIS convoy. The US actions here are criminal and inexcusable.

The idea that there are agreed upon deconfliction zones in Syria is also a myth. This is a unilateral US claim. All US forces are operating in Syria illegally.

Now the Russians are rightly setting up a situation to threaten US aircraft operating over Syria. This is because the US word cannot be trusted. They are acting as a rogue State:
Any Aircraft of US-led Coalition Discovered West Of Euphrates River Will Be Followed By Russian Air And Ground Defenses As Targets

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the US aviation attack in Syrian airspace may be considered an “act of aggression,” and announced that it halts is halting all interactions with the US within the framework on the memorandum of incident prevention in Syrian skies.

Now, Russian missile defense will follow any aircraft of the US-led coalition west of the Euphrates River.
In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets,” the ministry announced.
The Russian military added that the US-led coalition command didn’t make an attempt to avoid the incident via the deconfliction channel with Russia.
We consider such actions of the US command as an intentional violation of its obligations in the framework of the memo on avoiding incidents and the safety of aviation flights during operations in Syria signed on October 20, 2015.”
According to the ministry, the US action against the Syrian Air Force is an act of military aggression against the sovereign state.
The repeated hostilities of US aviation against the legitimate armed forces of a UN member state under the guise of ‘combating terrorism’ are a gross violation of the international law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic.
On June 18, the US-led coalition downed a Syrian Air Force Su-22 jet in the western part of the Raqqah province. The Su-22 was fulfilling its mission against ISIS.
Presently International Law is largely irrelevant in this theatre.  It comes down to whichever side can militarily outmuscle the other and/or successfully discourage the other with threats of escalation - which is why the Russians are reluctant to impose a complete no-fly zone using their ground anti air systems (an action that would be entirely justified).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 20th, 2017.]

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