US-Syrian warplanes nose to nose over US-backed Kurdish positions
Two American pilots described Friday how they scrambled against Syrian bombers and fighter jets that were attacking Kurdish and rebel positions to which US personnel are attached. They reported that, when the Syrian pilots realized they were locked on US radar, they bolted. The US pilots did not say when or where the incident occurred. “We made our point,” was the only comment coming from Brig. Gen. Charles Corcoran, commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary, Wing who is in charge of US air operations in Syria and Iraq.
DEBKAfile: The American pilots’ account of the incident was published as another warning to the Syrian air force that its planes would be shot down if any more attacks were staged on areas where US special operations forces are serving.