- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2016

American jets were scrambled Friday after two Syrian Su-24s conducted a bombing run near U.S. special operations forces.

Russian-made aircraft flying over Hasakah attacked a region where U.S. troops were training and assisting local fighters. No troops were injured during the attack.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, rebuked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his decision.

“The Syrian regime would be well advised not to do things that would place them at risk,” Capt. Davis said, Military Times reported. “We do have the right of self-defense.”

The officer said he would be “hard-pressed to think of another situation” that was like Friday’s confrontation.

“The Russians said it was not them,” Capt. Davis said.

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