USA seeks to keep communication with Russian Federation over Syria ongoing - White House

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The Pentagon says the Syrian jet was downed "immediately" after it dropped bombs near fighters from the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, who had been holding a town west of Raqqa as part of an offensive against ISIS.

It's the first time the United States has shot down a Syrian aircraft since it began fighting ISIS in the country in 2014.

Areas of northern Syria west of the Euphrates were controlled by Islamic State until recent months when Syrian government forces captured most of the region back. Before that attack, USA officials informed their Russian counterparts.

Tensions escalated on Sunday as the US military brought down a Syrian military jet near Raqqa for bombing near USA -allied forces on the ground, the first time Washington had carried out such an action in the multi-pronged civil war.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government's offensive since 2015.

The Pentagon said that it did not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian Federation or pro-regime forces, but was merely acting in defence of its coalition partners in Syria.

A U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet took out the Su-22 bomber Sunday, marking the U.S.'s first air-to-air kill since the early 1990s during the Gulf War.

The incident came as a monitoring group reported the first ground fighting between Syrian government troops and the US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said it was a "continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of global law".

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A top Russian diplomat has condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet the previous day as an act of "aggression".

Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense and security committee at the upper chamber of Russian parliament, described the Defense Ministry's statement as a warning.

"I'm sure that because of this, neither the US nor anyone else will take any actions to threaten our aircraft", he told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

Russian Federation has threatened aircraft from the US -led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline meant to avoid collisions in retaliation for the USA military shooting down a Syrian warplane.

Russian Federation condemned the US latest strike against a Syrian aircraft, calling it a "flagrant violation of worldwide law".

Both sides are battling the Islamic State group, with SDF fighters focusing on their march into the northern city of Raqqa, which the extremist group has declared to be its capital. The attack drove the SDF from Ja'Din, which is west of Raqqa, the coalition statement said. He said government forces began attacking the SDF on Saturday, using warplanes, artillery and tanks in areas that SDF had liberated from IS.

But while National Defence says it is monitoring the situation, it otherwise wouldn't comment Monday on where the Canadian planes have been flying in Syria and whether they are in any increased risk of danger. Previously, it has been providing crucial support to Assad's forces.

In a separate incident, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had launched several missiles from Iran into eastern Syria on Sunday, targeting IS fighters.

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