This is one of the most underreported stories. For over 40 minutes, U.S. fighters escorted Russian fighters who had strayed beyond the agreed-upon demilitarization line. Such encounters could very, very easily end in tragedy. Russia is taunting us.
Two US F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian aircraft Wednesday after the Russian jets crossed the Euphrates River in Syria, flying east of the “de-confliction line” that is supposed to separate Russian and US-led coalition aircraft operating over Syria, two US defense officials told CNN.
The US jets fired warning flares during the intercept of the two Russian Su-25 close air support jets according to the officials after they crossed the de-confliction line multiple times.
One of the officials said a Russian Su-35 fighter jet was also involved and that the aerial encounter lasted “several minutes.”