US and Russian fighters in dramatic showdown over Syria: American pilots scramble to confront Putin’s jets as they bomb Pentagon-backed Syrian rebels

Monday, June 20, 2016
By Paul Martin

The clash occurred between F/A-18 fighters and advanced SU-34 bombers
US pilots warned the Russians directly to back off – and they moved away
But the Russians returned when the US fighters paused to refuel
The Russian planes struck a garrison of rebels near the Jordanian border

20 June 2016

US and Russian warplanes were involved in a dramatic showdown after the Russian fighters bombed US-backed Syrian opposition forces.

The mid-air confrontation occurred between F/A-18 fighters scrambled by the Pentagon and several SU-34s, Moscow’s most advanced bombers.

The Russian jets had struck a 200-strong garrison of Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State in At-Tanf, near the Jordanian border.

When the F/A-18s approached the Russians moved out of the area, but when the US fighters paused to refuel they returned and struck the base again, killing paramedics tending to those wounded in the first attack.

The Russians had been ordered to back off by the US pilots directly using a special communications channel set up to prevent air accidents, according to The Daily Beast.

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