AMERICAN fighters scrambled to intercept a pair of Russian bombers launching airstrikes against US sanctioned rebels in Syria.
By Henry Holloway / Published 20th June 2016
The Kremlin backed bombing raid saw two Su-34 bombers – one of Moscow’s most advanced aircraft – striking at a garrison housing 200 rebel fighters.
The Pentagon said the rebels had been conducting counter ISIS operations in the At Tanf region on the Syrian side of the Syria-Jordan border.
The Russians and American forces remain active in the region, with Moscow backing the regime forces of Bashar Al Assad and the White House backing the rebels in what has been said to be proxy war which could lead to a larger global conflict. (link)
“If you cannot separate your forces from al-Qaida and differentiate and designate exclusively moderate zones, we cannot do so either”
As the Russians launched their bombing raid the Americans scrambled fighter planes from their aircraft carriers in the region.
The F/A-18 fighters intercepted the Russian bombers in a tense standoff, with the American pilots speaking directly to the Kremlin pilots in an attempt to talk them down.
The confrontation ended as the Russian bombers stood down and departed the airspace.
But when the American jets left the area to refuel, the Russians returned and launched a second raid on the rebel garrison – hitting fighters and first responders tending to the injured from the first raid.
In total 2 rebel fighters were killed and 18 injured in the two bombing runs.