US Jets Scrambled to Protect American Forces from Syrian Airstrikes

Low angle view of three F-16 Fighting Falcons flying in formation
Low angle view of three F-16 Fighting Falcons flying in formation

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

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.