A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 ‘Fitter’ attack aircraft after it attacked US-backed fighters near the Syrian town of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday.’
The downed aircraft dropped bombs near positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), allies of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in the town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah at 6:43 pm local time wounding several of the fighters – it was announced in a news release.
A U.S. official told that the Super Hornet that shot down the Syrian jet was flying from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) aircraft carrier , which is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. The official did not say which weapon was used to shoot down the Syrian plane.
The shootdown was the first of a Syrian aircraft by the US military since it began fighting ISIS in the country in 2014.
The Syrian military claims that the jet shot down was flying a mission against ISIS fighters and the pilot was still missing.