As Russia continues to threaten the US and our involvement in Syria, the two countries facing off in a battle for airspace, the US military made an announcement today that will make all Americans proud.
The US warned Russia that we will not back down, and will do what we need to do if we, or out allies, feel threatened.
‘We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if threatened,’ Captain Jeff Davis told Fox News.
It is said that a communication line that was once open between the US and Russia in Syria has been shut down, and the two countries are no longer coordinating.
The Daily Mail reports:
Moscow had said it would target any and all planes and drones flying west of the River Euphrates.
It also said a communication line between the countries that was intended to help co-ordinate flights to avoid mid-air collisions had also been shut down.
But speaking at a press conference on Monday, Davis said the countries were still speaking to each other about their operations.
‘I’m confident that we are still communicating between our operations center and the Russia federation operations center,’ he said.
‘And I’m also confident that our forces have the capability to take care of themselves.’
Department of Defense spokesperson Major Adrian JT Rankine-Galloway promised that coalition aircraft would not be cowed by Russia’s threats.
He said they would continue conducting ‘operations throughout Syria, targeting ISIS forces and providing air support for Coalition partner forces on the ground.’
‘As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian Regime and Russian forces, we have taken prudent measures to re-position aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting ISIS forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrew given known threats in the battlespace,’ he said.
The area west of the Euphrates – as well as much of the country – is covered by Russia’s ‘Growler’ anti-aircraft defense system, which has a range of 250 miles and can hit targets up to an altitude of 90,000 feet.
The system has been deployed on the Latakia Airbase on the Syrian coast; Russia has been providing air cover for Assad’s troops since 2015.