A US jet destroyed a Russian T-72 battle tank in 'self defense' in Syria

 | Alex Lockie 02/13/2018 9:20 AM MST
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A US jet operating in Syria destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank near Al Tabiyeh, Syria on Saturday, a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

"The tank had been maneuvering with coordinated indirect fire on a defensive position occupied by Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisors," US Marine Corps Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said, adding that the SDF's "position was within effective range of the hostile weapons systems."

The US has been training, equipping and backing the SDF rebels in Syria's civil war for years as Russia has provided similar assistance to pro-regime forces in close proximity.