A US fighter jet has shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone just outside the Syrian de-confliction zone, according to US Central Command (Centcom).
Centcom said an American F-15E fighter jet shot down a drone that was advancing on Coalition forces in Southern Syria and “display[ing] hostile intent”. This marks the third downing of an aircraft backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this month.
The incident comes just days after a US fighter jet shot downed a Syrian regime warplane that was dropping bombs near US-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) fighters.
That downing drove the Russian government, which supports Mr Assad’s regime, to announce they would treat American aircraft in some parts of the country as “targets”.
Earlier this month, US forces shot down a similar drone that officials say fired on a military training camp housing US-backed troops.
“Given recent events, the Coalition will not allow pro-regime aircraft to threaten or approach in close proximity to Coalition and partnered forces,” said in a statement on Tuesday.
These incidents indicate an escalating conflict near the training camp, located near the Syrian-Jordanian border, where the US is teaching Syrian rebels how to fight Isis and the Syrian regime.