A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday after it attacked a group of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels.
The Syrian Su-22 had previously dropped bombs on a position held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
In response, the U.S. deployed a F/A-18E Super Hornet to shoot down the Syrian warplane.
According to a coalition official, the U.S. Navy “conducted a show of force.” to deter any future attacks against the SDF.
The coalition said the take down took place “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces.”
The statement also revealed that “a number of SDF fighters” were injured in the bombing.
“The Coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” its statement said. “The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat.”
The coalition statement called on all of its allies to “focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security.”
Just hours prior to the take down, the U.S. bombed Syrian government and allied troops inside of a designated area.
In April, the U.S. Navy launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase after it was revealed that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people.