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Reuters: Syrian army says U.S.-led coalition downed Syrian army plane
The U.S.-led coalition downed a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside during a Syrian combat mission against Islamic State militants, the Syrian army said.
An army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. It said the incident took place on Sunday afternoon near a village called Rasafah.
The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies ... in fighting terrorism across its territory," it said.
"This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist group."
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WNU Editor: This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
Update: U.S. is confirming that a F/A-18E downed a Syrian Su-22 near Tabqah, says it "dropped bombs near SDF fighters (link here).
More News On Reports That The U.S.-Led Coalition Has Shot Down A Syrian Military Plane
US-led coalition downed Syrian army plane in southern Raqqa - Syrian army statement -- RT
US-Led Coalition Shoots Down Syrian Army Aircraft - Reports -- Sputnik
Damascus: US-Led Coalition Downs Syrian Army Aircraft over Raqqa -- FARS News Agency (Iran)
Coalition downed Syrian plane near Raqqa, says Syrian army -- RUDAW
Syria accuses US-led coalition of downing one of its warplanes -- Middle East Eye
U.S. coalition shoots down Syrian fighter jet over southwestern Raqqa -- AMN
US downs Syrian warplane -- MINA
US downs Syrian fighter jet engaged in anti-Daesh operations -- Press TV (Iran)