Above, PYD are Kurdish fighters; as you can see the area around the ISIS capital, Raqqa is congested with various militias, armies and foreign nations vying to seize Raqqa. I would speculate that the most dangerous ISIS leaders and terrorists have probably secretly escaped from Raqqa through the U.S. corridor south of Raqqa.
The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed terrorists aligned with the Americans in the fight against ISIS, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict.
Friends and patriots, this is the slow creep U.S. escalation we saw in the 1960s in South Vietnam and Laos.
Let’s see the U.S. is involved in war in Iraq and Syria. We are providing Sunni terrorists with weapons to kill Houthi Shia in Yemen, we are on the brink of war with godless North Korea and conducting military exercises on the border of Russia with our NATO allies. It looks to me like the Psalm 83 War is on the horizon. One of these days all of our enemies are going to figure it out and band together against us.
Don’t forget Turkey is involved in Syria and the Kurds are carving out their homeland called Rojava, the dark green area in the map above, in northern Syria and Kurdistan in Iraq.
Clearly, the balkanization (split up) of Syria and Iraq is occurring and this is the neocon desire.
Also, remember the U.S. military is operating illegally inside Syria. Russia and Iran have been legally invited into Syria to fight terrorists.
Also, remember the U.S. government and its Sunni allies and Israel financed and trained ISIS terrorists. The Israelis are treating wounded ISIS fighters in its hospitals.
I forgot to add that the U.S. and its allies de-stabilized Libya; that the Egyptians are now bombing ISIS and other terrorists inside Libya and Iran's navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Sunday's drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran's port of Bandar Abbas last week.
It said the scheduled exercise came before the departure of the Chinese fleet for Muscat, Oman but I digress.
The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday's confrontation, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. While the U.S. has said since it began recruiting, training and advising what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces (terrorists) to fight Bashar Assad that it would protect them from potential Syrian government retribution, this was the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.
The U.S. led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF (terrorists).
The shootdown was near Tabqa, a Syrian town in an area that has been a week long focus of fighting against ISIS militants by the SDF as they, the Kurds and Syrian Army surround the city of Taqba and Raqqa and attempt to retake them from ISIS. The U.S. has probably also allowed ISIS terrorists to escape from the encirclement of Raqqa, the ISIS capital.
The U.S. military statement said it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner (terrorist) forces and that the U.S. did not seek a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters.
According to a statement from the Pentagon, pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the U.S.-backed SDF-held town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.
Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the town, the Pentagon said. Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts "to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing," according to the statement.
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.
Pentagon said, "The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat."
On June 8, U.S. officials reported that an Iranian drone likely connected to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on U.S.-backed troops and was shot down by an American fighter jet. The incident took place in southern Syria near a base where the U.S.-led coalition was training Syrian terrorists fighting the Islamic State group.
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.
The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is clearly defeating the terrorists and ISIS and as Assad's army gains more and more ground near Taqba and Raqqa it is bringing the Syrian army into direct confrontation with the U.S. supported terrorists and its Kurdish allies.