U.S.-led coalition shoots down Syrian fighter jet

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian plane over the war-torn country Sunday, the U.S. military said.

The Syrian pro-regime had attacked the town of Ja’Din, South of Tabqah, injuring several Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers at 4:30 p.m. local time, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement Sunday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are an alliance of the Kurdish, Arab and rebel forces which are supported by the U.S. in the fight against the terror group.

The U.S. led-coalition conducted the attack to stop the pro-Syrian regime from advancing toward the town.

Photos show gunmen storming Iran’s parliament during attacks

“Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established ‘de-confliction line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing,” the coalition said in the statement.

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria on Friday. 

A Kurdish fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria on Friday. 

(GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS)

The Coalition also stressed its mission to defeat ISIS militants and to defend its allies.

“The Coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” the statement read. “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.”

The assault comes as Iran had launched missiles at ISIS militants in Syria in retaliation for the terror attacks at the Parliament and the shrine in Tehran.

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