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The United States's primary mission in Syria is to defeat the Islamic State.

But we've had to hit Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that process, too. After Assad used sarin gas on his own people, the United States hit one of his airfields.

And the U.S. has made it clear that we will protect our allies in the region in the fight against terrorism.

On June 18, Syrian aircraft of the Assad regime attacked a town held by Syrian Democratic Forces via bombing. The attacked wounded multiple soldiers on the ground and prompted the forces to leave the area.

But the U.S. stepped in after the attack. According to the DOD, an FA/18 E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22.

The following video shows an F-18 Super Hornet taking off:

The SU-22, which is a Soviet-era aircraft, isn't in the same league as the Super Hornet:

This is the first such attack on a Syrian aircraft by the U.S. since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information is made available.