Russian Fighter Jet’s Dangerous Proximity to US Warplane Raises Concerns in Syria

by Joshua Brown
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In a concerning incident on Sunday, a Russian fighter jet came dangerously close to a U.S. surveillance aircraft over Syria, compelling it to navigate through turbulent air currents, thereby endangering the lives of the four American crew members onboard, according to U.S. officials. This occurrence marks a significant escalation in a series of encounters between U.S. and Russian aircraft in Syrian airspace in recent weeks. The intercept by the Russian Su-35 hindered the safe operation of the U.S. crew’s MC-12 aircraft, prompting officials to label it as a highly unsafe act that could potentially lead to an accident or loss of life.

While Russian fighter jets have previously engaged in repeated harassment of U.S. unmanned MQ-9 drones, the latest incident has raised alarms due to the direct risk it posed to American lives.

The officials, speaking anonymously to discuss military operations, refrained from disclosing the exact proximity between the Russian jet and the U.S. warplane. The MC-12, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft regularly employed by special operations forces, was conducting surveillance activities in support of operations against Islamic State groups in Syria, as per the officials.

Over the past two weeks, Russian fighter jets have repeatedly approached MQ-9 Reapers in a dangerously close manner, resulting in the drones deploying flares and evasive maneuvers. During such encounters, U.S. and Russian military officers maintain frequent communication via a deconfliction phone line, registering protests against the actions of the opposing side.

In response to the escalating Russian aggression in Syrian airspace, the U.S. is currently evaluating various military options. These actions have complicated efforts to target an Islamic State group leader earlier this month, according to a senior defense official. While the official declined to provide specific details on the options being considered, they affirmed that the U.S. will not relinquish any territory and will continue conducting anti-Islamic State missions in the western region of Syria.

The increased frequency and aggression of Russian military activities since March can be attributed to the growing cooperation and coordination between Moscow, Tehran, and the Syrian government. These actions aim to exert pressure on the U.S. to withdraw from Syria.

Presently, approximately 900 U.S. forces are stationed in the country, with additional personnel rotating in and out for missions targeting Islamic State group militants.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about escalating tensions

Q: What happened between a Russian fighter jet and a US warplane over Syria?

A: A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US surveillance aircraft over Syria, jeopardizing the lives of the American crew members. This incident is part of a series of encounters between Russian and US aircraft in recent weeks, escalating tensions in the region.

Q: How did the Russian fighter jet’s actions endanger the US crew?

A: The Russian Su-35 fighter jet’s close proximity hindered the safe operation of the US crew’s surveillance aircraft, forcing it to navigate through turbulent air currents. This reckless behavior put the lives of the American crew members at risk.

Q: Has there been any previous aggression from Russian fighter jets towards US drones?

A: Yes, in the past few weeks, Russian fighter jets have repeatedly harassed US unmanned MQ-9 drones. These encounters involved close approaches, the deployment of flares, and necessitated evasive maneuvers by the drones.

Q: What measures is the US considering in response to the increasing Russian aggression?

A: The US is currently evaluating various military options to address the escalating Russian aggression in Syrian airspace. These measures aim to ensure the safety of US forces and counter the disruptive actions of Russian aircraft.

Q: What is the motivation behind the Russian military activity in Syria?

A: The increased frequency and aggression of Russian military activity in Syria since March stem from growing cooperation and coordination between Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government. Their objective is to pressure the US to withdraw from Syria.

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JSmith July 18, 2023 - 4:48 am

Seriously, Russia needs to back off! They’ve been harassing US drones & now endangering American crew members? It’s a disaster waiting to happen. US better find a solution to this fast, before lives are lost.

JohnDoe007 July 18, 2023 - 8:25 am

omg this is so scary! Russian fighter jet coming so close to US warplane?!! 😮 tensions rly high in Syria these days, srsly dangerous situation! hope they figure it out soon!!

Sara82 July 18, 2023 - 11:45 pm

This is like a movie plot! Russian jet putting American lives at risk, escalating tensions & military options being considered. Can’t believe this is happening for real, it’s like a thriller unfolding in Syria!


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