Coalition scrambled jets over Hasakah as Syrian regime targeted Kurdish forces: Pentagon

Coalition fighter jets are scrambling Syrian jets over northern Syria as regime targets Kurdish forces on the ground

The US-led coalition scrambled fighter jets to protect Kurdish forces working with American special units in eastern Syria as they were being targeted by planes from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Pentagon said Friday.

“This was done as a measure to protect coalition forces,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said of Thursday’s incident, in which regime bombers conducted air strikes in the area around the northern city of Hasakah.

“We did make clear that US aircraft would defend troops on the ground if threatened.”