The shootdown came a little more than two hours after forces allied with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad attacked the north-central Syria town of Ja’Din, which was controlled by the SDF.
A number of SDF forces, who are backed by the US-led coalition, were wounded in the attack, the statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said.
The attack drove the SDF from Ja’Din, which is west of Raqqa, the coalition statement said.
Later, a Syrian government Su-22 attacked the SDF forces with bombs.
“In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces, (the Syrian jet) was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet,” the coalition statement said.
The shootdown was the first of a Syrian aircraft by the US military since it began fighting…