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Russian diplomat condemns U.S. for shooting down Syrian fighter jet

MOSCOW—A top Russian diplomat on Monday condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet the previous day as an act of “aggression,” while U.S.-backed opposition forces on the ground warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation.The U.S. military confirmed a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 on Sunday, after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. SDF fighters are aligned with the Americans in the campaign against the Islamic State group.Russia has been a staunch supporter of Syria’s beleaguered President Bashar Assad and has been providing an air cover for his offensive against Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL, since 2015.Read more: Iraqi forces reclaim Daesh-held border crossing to SyriaArticle Continued BelowRussia says it may have killed Daesh leaderSyrian boy who became image of civil war reappearsRussian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in comments to Russian news agencies, compared the downing to “helping the terrorists that the U.S. is fighting against.”

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