NEW YORK) — American fighter jets scrambled to fly over a Kurdish-held area of northeastern Syria on Monday after Syrian jets bombed an area close to where American special operations troops had been operating with Kurdish forces.
The incident Monday in the air above Hasakah, an area held by Syrian Kurdish forces battling ISIS, appears to be the closest military encounter yet between American and Syrian government forces in the two years since U.S. jets began flying over Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition’s fight against ISIS.
‘No coalition forces were impacted” by the Syrian airstrikes, said Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis. “We did make clear that U.S. aircraft would defend troops on the ground if threatened.”
SOURCES: NewsNow/ABC Radio News