US fighter jets ‘head-butt’ Russian jets in Syria, US official says

July 8, 2016: A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter showing up at a flying display in Fairford, great Britain.


A few of the U. S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian attack jets in Syria, an area that is outside the boundaries of the Russian jets on the basis of a long lasting mutual agreement, a US defence official told Fox News on Thursday.

During the incident, both the American F-22 fighter jets fired flares after cutting in front of the Russian jets, a tactic known as “head bumps,” meant to send a strong warning to an opposing warplane.

The incident took place on Wednesday, east of the Euphrates River, the officer said.

The AMERICAN military officials raised concerns about the incident through an established hotline established in the past two years between the American and the Russian air force.

In recent months, Russian jets have increasingly flown in limited areas in the east of Syria, a violation of long-established agreements with the US-led coalition.

The Russian air force is supporting the Syrian government since sending dozens of fighter and attack aircraft to the airbase near the Mediterranean Sea in September 2015. In June, a us Navy F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian fighter jet, the first time in 18 years the U.S. military has downed an enemy aircraft in air combat.

Luke Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

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