Russia is now vowing to shoot down all coalition planes and drones west of the Euphrates with its advanced 'Growler' missile system - which covers most of the country
Daily Mail: 'We will retain the right to self defense' says White House after F-18 blasted Syrian fighter-bomber from the sky -and in teeth of Russian anger at kill
* US says an SU-22 operated by the Syrian regime was dropping bombs on the Syrian Democratic Forces when it was shot out of the sky
* Kremlin warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential 'targets' and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington
* White House said Monday that it retains 'the right to self defense of coalition forces aligned against ISIS'
* Russia's foreign ministry accused Washington of failing to use a hotline before downing the plane near Raqqa, and called for a 'careful investigation'
The White House told Russia on Monday that it reserves 'the right to self defense' after the Kremlin warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential 'targets' and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian jet.
'I think that the escalation of hostilities among the many factions that are operating in this region doesn't help anybody,' White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said 'and the Syrian regime and the others in the regime need to understand that we will retain the right to self defense of coalition forces aligned against ISIS.'
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