US Escorts Russian Bombers From East Syria Coalition Airspace

Russia didn't give enough advanced notice

While the US and Russia are both largely focused on fighting ISIS in Syria, they still get tangled up in a lot of side arguments. This week, it happened when Russian Tu-22 bombers entered Syrian airspace.

The US says Russia’s bombers didn’t give them advanced notice, so US fighters were dispatch to escort them away. The bombers reportedly ended up in Latakia.

The area is seldom used, with Russia not crossing the area since last May. US tensions with Russia would allow making a big deal over what was realistically minor.

The airspace was technically US coalition managed, and the US isn’t going to not fuss over Russia doing something. Either way the encounter was non-threatening.

The US and Russian forces are meant to communicate closely on potential interactions. With the US less and less involved in Syria, this likely seems like red tape for the Russians.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.