US downs Syrian warplane as it engaged ISIS
Sunday, 18 June 2017

A US airstrike in Syria has downed a government warplane, the Syrian army has announced in a statement on Facebook.

According to the statement, the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) convoy in the countryside around Raqqa when it was targeted, leading to a crash and the loss of the pilot, who is currently missing.

“This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated the Syrian desert in more ways than one,” the statement read.

The latest blatant attack by the US confirms what many already know, the Pentagon is risking a major war to defend ISIS, the brainchild of the CIA.

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In unrelated news, and in a major escalation of the Syrian proxy war, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it launched multiple missile strikes from IRGC missile bases in provinces of Kermanshah & Kordestan, targeting "terror bases" in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria in retaliation for ISIS-claimed attacks in Tehran.

The launch takes place just a couple of hours after Iran's Supreme leader said "they cannot slap us in the face. We will slap them in the face... Iran has stood firm & strong."

As reporter Anshel Pfeffer observes, this is a "major development" and constitutes the "first operational use of mid-range missiles by Iran since war with Iraq."

According to the AP, the "Guard's website as well as the Tasnim semi-official news agency, reported the strikes Sunday on Deir el-Zour, Syria. The Guard’s website said it launched surface-to-surface medium-range missiles targeting the area.  It did not immediately offer other specifics, other than to say the missiles were launched from Iran."

 



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