The warning came after US fighter jets had tried to engage Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft in Syria last week, but the showdown was avoided as government planes left before the Americans arrived.

The Pentagon has announced that the USA is ready to down Syrian and Russian planes that they claim threaten American advisers who by international law are illegally operating in northern Syria.

On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis claimed that US jets attempted to intercept Syrian planes to protect the American advisers operating illegally with Kurdish forces in Syria after Syrian government jets bombed areas of Hasakah when Kurdish police began an aggression against the National Defense Force.

On Monday, another Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said, “We would continue to advise the Syrian regime to steer clear of those areas.”

“We are going to defend our people on the ground, and do what we need to defend them,” Cook told reporters.

He said, “it’s not a no-fly zone,” but added that “the Syrian regime would be wise to avoid areas where coalition forces have been operating.”

Cook is making demands for the Syrian government to not operate within its own sovereign airspace.

When pushed further about Russia, Cook made it clear that the US would make the same aggression against Russian jets who are operating legally with the Syrian government’s approval and coordination.

“If they threaten US forces, we always have the right to defend our forces,” Cook said.

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Andrew
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Andrew
2016-08-23 02:31

The US really are pushing their luck.

Mike Jamal
Mike Jamal
2016-08-23 02:35

Leaky boarders, over 1 million kids starving, 1/2 population addicted to drugs, 1 billion spent on electing another criminal and off they go killing again.. Don’t you think it is time for you to go home and fix yourself?

Richard Hedditch
Richard Hedditch
2016-08-23 03:32
Reply to  Mike Jamal

Err, which country are you referring to ? There are numerous candidates.

Mike Jamal
Mike Jamal
2016-08-23 03:33
Reply to  Mike Jamal

Richard Hedditch lol, right well the headline states US.

Vicki L. Kammerer
Vicki L. Kammerer
2016-08-23 04:12
Reply to  Mike Jamal

Mike Jamal — 1/2 of pop on drugs. You’re a moron.

Mike Jamal
Mike Jamal
2016-08-23 04:18
Reply to  Mike Jamal

Vicki L. Kammerer would you like to see the reports of Heroin based prescription and non prescription medication that USA is on just to go to work, ever heard of Oxycontin and stock market is loaded with Cocaine to the gills, where you been girl under a rock. Pop that bubble already d**n!

Mike Jamal
Mike Jamal
2016-08-23 04:20
Reply to  Mike Jamal

Vicki L. Kammerer Where did Prince their Idol get the 50x more lethal than Heroin from? Oh on the street of course! Duuuh, bubble girl!

Mike Jamal
Mike Jamal
2016-08-23 04:21
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Look everyone its bubble girl!

COMINS
COMINS
2016-08-23 02:31

It is about time to send PAK FAs to Syria, for “test flights”… Under cover of S-400 SAMs, of course…

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-08-23 02:55

Just one word : s-fourhundred…

lenin chigbundu
lenin chigbundu
2016-08-23 02:26

This type of confrontation can make things messy for the USA…one thing is clear..the US knows that Russia is propping up the Yemeni opposition in destroying a lot of Western equipment ..the like of which I have not seen since the Second world war and perhaps, the October War…though this is to a great extent so numerous that we are already losing count. I have never seen so much western equipment been drummed to destruction like this. This use to be the exclusive preserve of Soviet hardware.

lenin chigbundu
lenin chigbundu
2016-08-23 02:27

America and the west are now very angry.. and they need to save face in the light of the new realities on the battle fields…both in the levant and the sabean peninsular.

Gregory Michael Glasby
Gregory Michael Glasby
2016-08-23 02:52

now thats tyhe stupidest thing ive ever hurd -what did poor barry husslime obama get offended when his isis team got blown to pieces what kind of gov do we have when we support the worst genocidle murderers in the world to hack off little kids heads and stand besides them why hasnt husslime obama been put on deathrow for treason the last i hurd was aiding and abedding the enemy is a capital offense

Nicholas Solar
Nicholas Solar
2016-08-23 04:03

In horror, I suspect that Obama wants to get US involved in massive global war before he leaves office.

Desmond McKilligan
Desmond McKilligan
2016-08-23 02:29

i was afraid that this might escalate when russian and chinese jets started buzzing american navy ships. trump wants to bury the hatchet with russia, and it would appear that trump is the only one with a head on his shoulders. this is getting to be like what happened with the Bay of Pigs aggression between russia and the usa.

David Roma
David Roma
2016-08-23 02:28
Noah Shirley
Noah Shirley
2016-08-23 02:25

STOP with these s**t decisions FOR FUCKS SAKE.

jojo
jojo
2016-08-23 03:17

The U.S. launched ISIS and let it invade Syria to have an excuse to invade Syria under pretext of fighting it.

sillywoes
sillywoes
2016-08-23 03:48

This statement alone is good enough for Russia to deploy S-400 in Palmyra, or Al-Safira.

Mitchell O'Regan
Mitchell O'Regan
2016-08-23 03:48

Why can’t Obama get his s**t together and let the Russians bomb these isis pricks and the other Jihadi pricks.

Darren Morrison
Darren Morrison
2016-08-23 09:43
Arne N Sundt
Arne N Sundt
2016-08-23 03:47

Have at it. Down just one. And the missile systems at Latakia will kill anything that flies.

Mustafa Fedayi
Mustafa Fedayi
2016-08-23 03:14

typical Murica

John S.
John S.
2016-08-23 03:00

@leithfadel if the US/NATO is looking for a fight they may find one…this isn’t a game…

Pietro
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Pietro
2016-08-23 04:02

Russia and Syria are ready to shot down US invaders jets too.

SaaSupporter
SaaSupporter
2016-08-23 05:42

Our Orthodox brothers and sisters, along with their muslim Arab allies, are being slaughtered in Hasaka at this moment. Thousands are killed in Yemen, Eastern Ukraine, Kosovo’s Serbs murdered by the US proxies, Libya genocide and others.

fucking Tвиттер
fucking Tвиттер
2016-08-23 05:10

Americans, heroes only on the screen of Hollywood movies – in fact, they are only able to fire from a safe distance.

fucking Tвиттер
fucking Tвиттер
2016-08-23 05:01

A bold statement. Napoleon and Hitler, too, was so confident…

Fola Obisesan
Fola Obisesan
2016-08-23 07:10

The Pentagon’s statement is meaningless posturing for the domestic American audience. The US will never shoot down Russian jets just like the Russians will never shoot down American jets. The US never picks on an opponent that can fight back…..they’ll probably shoot down one or two Syrian planes just to show the world how “tough” they are.

AJRimmer
AJRimmer
2016-08-23 06:59

SAMs deployed by Syria https://t.co/Fiz9KqZFZi

nandy
nandy
2016-08-23 08:34

Syrian army has the right to defend its territory.Its the foolish american who had to advise their trained dogs not to attack legitimate syrian goverment force in hasakh pronvince.By now the american must admit they had intervene and devasted iraq in 2003 under the pretext of overthrowing dangerous regime.But the truth is to annexed oil and gas resources to maintain their world leading economy againts emerging chinese economy.For every action their is equal and opposite reaction…

Raju P Yohannan
Raju P Yohannan
2016-08-23 08:46

Russians doing Grate job

ironeddie
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ironeddie
2016-08-23 09:35

us bastards wants use f*****g kurds and create virtual kurdistan for their base. That´s why their are barking because Russia and SAR win. They have no right to be in Syria. Russia, China, Turkey may not allow that ! There should be no fly zone long time and the ceasefire was mistake. Russia should not wasting of us.

Croat al Assad
Croat al Assad
2016-08-23 10:38

@leithfadel yeah. They ll dare to shoot at Russians. US fights weaker, not Russia

lenin chigbundu
lenin chigbundu
2016-08-23 02:23

It is a time for both bipolar powers to have a showdown…and really quickly. We are tired of the stand off..more so the USA dearly wants to teach the Russians a lesson in aggression over Ukraine and the Crimea.

notonato
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notonato
2016-08-25 09:21

What Russian aggression over Ukraine and Crimea? Crimea IS Russia. Ukrainians are f*****g themselves to death.

JoyMadrugada R
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JoyMadrugada R
2016-08-23 02:28

“they claim threaten American advisers who by international law are illegally operating in northern Syria”….USA ignores whatt is mean invasion in their soil to say BS like this …These policies ruined the M east And Russia according Int law could intercept USA jets. BTW Turkish artilery isnt threat for the US advisors ? So obvious the moment was readey for a US RUSS coalition at least for ISIS starts the Hasaka incident

Rudy Verbuyst
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Rudy Verbuyst
2016-08-23 02:43

GIVE THEM A LESSON !

EL MEHDI EL MOUFID
EL MEHDI EL MOUFID
2016-08-23 02:45

w*f

See
See
2016-08-23 02:33

US enemies is waiting to ambush American one wrong big head mistake

Noel Vega
Noel Vega
2016-08-23 03:26

Yes ya era tiempo que Estados Unidos le de una lección a #rusia

Noel Vega
Noel Vega
2016-08-23 03:27

Juan Padron vea esto ahora si que si

Nicholas Solar
Nicholas Solar
2016-08-23 04:00

This is total madness.

Amir Ibrahim
Amir Ibrahim
2016-08-23 06:07

GOOD LUCK

John W Gray
John W Gray
2016-08-23 06:04

Why ? To move money.

Fola Obisesan
Fola Obisesan
2016-08-23 07:08

The Pentagon’s state mentioned is meaningless posturing for the domestic American audience. The US will never shoot down Russian jets just like the Russians will never shoot down American jets. The US never picks on an opponent that can fight back…..they’ll probably shoot down one or two Syrian planes just to show the world how “tough” they are.

Mick levy
Mick levy
2016-08-23 08:27

Wont they squeal when they lose some of their own.

Darren Morrison
Darren Morrison
2016-08-23 09:44
Kevin Wilkinson
Kevin Wilkinson
2016-08-23 09:50

why the fkn h**l are we messing with Russia??? Are we stupid?? All these islamic monsters and we fk with Russia. #madness

eatorkill
eatorkill
2016-08-23 09:15

@leithfadel a wanger dream…

Redbaron9495
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Redbaron9495
2016-08-23 13:18

Americans are doped up to eyeballs…they can’t think rationally nor act in a normal correct way!
US Forces are operating in Syria illegally….now this despot U.S General is threatening the Syrian Air-force from operating in their own air-space!!
Who the fuk are these Americans?

unkle
unkle
2016-08-24 16:49

The invaders have a right to defend themselves?

I wonder what would happen if Syrian special forces operated on US soil, backing lets say a militia for a independent Texas, without a UN mandate nor approval from Washington.

And no, ISIL/ISIS was not involved so GTFO!!!

Lawrence Armour
Lawrence Armour
2016-08-24 22:23

The USA insists that it has the right to defend itself from Syrian and Russian forces while it illegally occupies Syria. I’m sure that’s legal justification in the USA, but the rest of the world are stupid if they agree it’s okay. It’s the same argument that the Israelis use to defend their illegal occupation of Palestine. But of course, maybe they’re really the same thing in this area of the world. Israel has already sold the oil rights to some areas of Syria to American companies.

Nakkro
Nakkro
2016-08-25 15:06

Whatta h**l is US airplanes doing in Syrian air space? And also saying that Syrian planes can not operate there?!?!? Americans are totally insane.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-23 02:34

Sorry, but he’s not threatening about aggression but says that if they’re endangered by some action, they’re likely to down those who attack the coalition, in fact, it’s simply what ANY military would do : SyAAF has nearly bombed them, you can be sure that if it had happened… But this (only) captain is not very diplomatic : he was pushed about Russia which DIDN’T operated there, then responded as a military captain. He simply should have pointed that Russia didn’t moved so there was no point for this question. Illegal? Yes and no : push the question to the… Read more »