In the skies over Syria on Sunday, a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet secured America’s first air to air combat victory in over twenty years.  The American jet was forced to engage and shoot down a Syrian military SU-22 that had begun dropping ordnance near U.S. partnered forces in the area.

The United States was forced to shoot a drone down in Syria last week after it also attempted to bomb U.S.-backed forces.

“On June 18 at 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 military jet aircraft dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Forces fighters south of Tabqah, Syria, and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft.” The Pentagon explained in a press release.

“The coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally. The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated.”