A man walks at a site hit by an airstrike in the rebel held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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The Pentagon warned the Syrian government Monday it is prepared to shoot down planes threatening U.S.-led coalition forces in northern Syria, but stopped short of declaring a no-fly zone.U.S. military officials reacted furiously last week after jets from the government of President Bashar Assad targeted Kurdish forces and coalition advisers fighting ISIS around the northeastern city of Hasakeh. It was apparently the first time the coalition scrambled jets in response to government action, and possibly the closest call yet in terms of Syrian forces wounding coalition advisers.The United States has passed warnings to Syria via Russia, with which the U.S. military has an established line of communication.The United States would protect not only coalition advisers, but also partner forces on the ground -- in this case Kurdish fighters.
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