US shoots down first Syrian jet fighter

Syria, United States, War
A F/A-18E Super Hornet taking off. Photo credit: Getty

A United States aircraft has shot down a Syrian fighter jet from President Bashar al-Assad's government forces for the first time.

US officials said the aircraft launched an attack on the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near the Iraqi city of Raqqa on Sunday.

The aircraft was shot down "in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of Coalition partnered forces."

US officials say they used a de-confliction channel to contact the Syrian government to resolve the situation, however the Syrian jet proceeded to drop bombs from the aircraft identified as a SU-22.

The American aircraft identified as a F/A-18E Super Hornet took down the aircraft moments later.

The US released a statement after the incident saying the coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria..

"The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat," the statement said.