Escalation! U.S. hits Syrian jet, Russia cuts communications
From Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
A U.S. Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian military aircraft over Syrian territory Sunday, marking the first time the U.S. has engaged in air-to-air combat since the U.S. attack on Yugoslavia in 1999.
U.S. claims that the Syrians were targeting U.S.-backed rebels were undermined by reporting by the generally pro-rebel Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which stated that according to its sources on the ground the Syrian aircraft was not attacking U.S.-backed anti-government forces.
The Russians, who also had military aircraft near the shot down Syrian jet, claim the U.S. did not provide warning via the hotline to prevent accidents between the U.S. and Russia. As a result, the Russian defense ministry announced that it would track any flying object flying in its area of operations as potential targets. How high will this new tension rise? Tune in to today’s Liberty Report: