Current military situation: Red: Syrian government, Green: Syrian opposition, Yellow: Rojava (SDF), Grey: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, White: Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as the al-Nusra Front) For a more detailed map, see Cities and towns during the Syrian Civil War. The map above was last updated on 16 June 2017.
Yes, this is significant, but what will Russia do or say?
This is a serious escalation in the war. Russia will talk tough, they will launch a tirade in the news, both Putin and Lavrov. The Russian Ambassador to the UN may even take off his shoe and pound it on the table. Russia, however, will not strike American forces directly.
Let me make an assumption here, as well. The US launched its fighter from a US carrier afloat off the Syrian coast. The USF/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 near Raqqa, it totally outclassed the SU-22…
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