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General: Pindo Pilots Made the Call to Shoot Down Syrian Aircraft
Oriana Pawlyk, Military.com, Jun 26 2017

SOUTHWEST ASIA — A USAF general confirmed thast Pindosi pilots made the call to shoot down Syrian aircraft on three separate missions this month, and defended their actions as self-defense. On June18, an F/A-18E downed a Su-22 south of Taqbah. On Jun 8 and again on Jun 20, F-15E shot down Iranian-made Shahid drones over at-Tanf as the unmanned aerial vehicles (supposedly) approached or dropped munitions near Pindo-backed forces on the ground. Military.com sat down with the commander at a base in an undisclosed location in the Middle East as part of a reporting trip to observe air operations against Daesh. USAF Brig-Gen C Corcoran, commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, which flies KC-10 tankers, RQ-4 high-altitude drones, U-2s and F-22 jets. He told Military.com:

We work with the Combined Air Operations Center, which from another location can direct a pilot to shoot, but that didn’t have to happen. In all three cases, it was self-defense. If you’re shooting at Pindo forces, we’ll self-defend (they weren’t – RB). We’re trying to de-escalate. We’re here to fight Daesh, but we’re going to protect our forces from Syrian pro-regime entities. In each of the shoot-downs, which involved aircraft from other locations, the pilots made the call to shoot within the parameters of the rules of engagement. In all three cases, defenseless aircraft such as tankers and airlift planes left the airspace because of the uncertainty of what the Syrians or Russians would do next. As aircraft fly any given approach, they are monitored from a number of fronts, the CAOC, the E-3 AWACS and the battle-management center which we call the Kingpin, which has the (command). They’re talking to people on the ground. They’re making sure these airplanes are provisionally controlled, getting them back and forth to tankers. They’re talking to the CAOC. They minimize the fog and friction for the entire AOR. Sometimes, the communication is as simple as a heads-up call on the radio. We’ve got agreements that when the Syrian airplane or the unidentified airplane gets within x number of miles of our guys on the ground, a call is made on the international emergency, the guard frequency, that all airplanes monitor. Like an airplane flying around, talking to air traffic control, talking on different frequencies. We have an agreement with the Russians, if we’re getting close to something up there, we’ll make a call on guard and vice versa. Plenty of calls were made in recent weeks. Back at the CAOC, they’re probably on the hotline with the Russians. All this connectivity is hugely important to prevent a miscalculation. SAMs turn on, but as far as feeling threatened, I don’t think our forces have felt threatened by Russians or Syrians in the surface-to-air missile perspective. The military-to-military relationship has been maintained, and it’s in good shape. It’s very cordial, professional. We haven’t seen or heard any of that from them. Even so, the deconfliction zone is constantly in flux, due to the complex nature of the fight and moving ground forces. Unlike Iraq, which asked us to come help them, we don’t have exclusive control of the skies above the ground. We have it above the ground where our guys are, but not an inch beyond. It’s surreal! We’re fighting an enemy, Daesh, in another country, Syria, where there’s also an insurgency going on, but we’re not really invited to be, but we can’t leave it to the Syrians to get rid of Daesh, because that wasn’t working, right? So it’s really an odd place to be! We know we’re going to defeat Daesh. Their days are numbered. What next? It’s pretty clear that at some point the ‘red’ is going to go away, and we’re going to have state-on-state. Daesh is a sideshow, but what happens when the two meet? Strategically, when Daesh goes away, that’s the real issue!

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