The Pentagon sources cite a radio broadcast in making the claim of an accidental shootdown, however it's not clear if their assessment is based on intelligence.

And alarmingly RT claims the following citing the Russian Defense Ministry: Russian radars also registered the launch of missiles from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on the evening of September 17. – Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) September 17, 2018 According to the Middle East Institute's Charles Lister, “Reports suggest Russia air defenses in Hmeymim participated in attempting to repel tonight's strikes in Latakia.”  Lister continued, “*IF* that's true, that'd be a significant development.

Assad supporters said there were two planes shot down No confirmation – Aghiad AL Kheder (@aghiad_alkheder) September 17, 2018 As yet, there's been no confirmation of who carried out the attack; however, a report early this month cited Tel Aviv sources who confirmed that Israel's Air Force has conducted 200 attacks on locations inside Syria over the course of the past 2 years alone, according to Reuters.

The major escalation comes just after Russia's Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Monday to announce that a demilitarized zone in Idlib will be formed by October 15.  Developing.

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