Russia to target Coalition aircraft

Well, that’s new.

Russia escalated tensions with the U.S. on Monday, promising to track U.S. and coalition aircraft over Syria with its air defense systems and warplanes, the defense ministry said.

In a statement released Monday, the Russian military said it would treat U.S. and coalition aircraft operating west of the Euphrates Rivers as “aerial targets,” but stopped short of threatening to shoot them down.

“In regions where the Russian Air Force is carrying out operations in the skies above Syria, any flying objects—including airplanes and drones of the international coalition—discovered west of the Euphrates River will be treated as aerial targets for tracking by land and air defense systems,” the statement said.

U.S. defense officials said they were staying in touch with the Russian military to see what the practical impact of the statement might be on air operations in Syria.

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One Response to Russia to target Coalition aircraft

  1. MadBrad says:

    The Dick Measuring Contest officially begins.

    As Admiral Davis has said, he knows that his pilots have the ability to deal with the environment. There is no need in having them demonstrate their ability to deal with threats. The Russians and the Syrians can be dealt with in whatever manner they choose for themselves to be dealt with. Things are already ugly enough. All we want to do is kill ISIS and go home. Then they can feel free to sort out their business among themselves. Then we can go back to standing by to nuking the region from a safe distance if need be.

    I’m betting that things are going to get real ugly real fast at some point soon.