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    US Downs Syrian Fighter Jet, Russia Threatens Coalition Planes

    Lines were crossed. When a Syrian SU-22 bombed American-backed rebels fighting ISIS near the group’s Raqqa stronghold, a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet shot it down, marking the first American air-to-air assault in the six-year civil war. Tensions are escalating: while Syria decried the “flagrant attack” on its jet, Russia says it’ll now consider U.S.-led coalition aircraft as targets. In another first, Iran launched several medium-range missiles into eastern Syria at what it described as ISIS forces, in retaliation for the group’s June 7 terror attacks in Tehran.


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