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    Russian Fighter Jet Flies Dangerously Close to US Warplane over Syria

    Russian Fighter Jet Flies Dangerously Close to US Warplane over Syria

    — A Russian fighter jet flew very close to a U.S. surveillance aircraft over , forcing it to go through the turbulent wake and putting the lives of the four American crew members in danger, U.S. officials said Monday.

    The officials said the incident, which happened just before noon EDT on Sunday, was a significant escalation in what has been a string of encounters between U.S. and Russian aircraft in Syria in recent weeks. The intercept by the Russian Su-35 impeded the U.S. crew's ability to safely operate their MC-12 aircraft, the officials said, calling it a level of unsafe behavior that could result in an accident or loss of life.

    In recent weeks, Russian fighter jets have repeatedly harassed U.S. unmanned MQ-9 drones, but the latest incident raised alarms because it endangered American lives.

    The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of a operation, would not say how close the Russian jet got to the U.S. warplane. The MC-12, which is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft routinely used by special operations forces, was doing surveillance in support of operations against the Islamic State groups in Syria, the officials said.

    On multiple occasions in the past two weeks, Russian fighter jets flew dangerously close to MQ-9 Reapers, setting off flares and forcing the drones to take evasive maneuvers. U.S. and Russian military officers communicate frequently over a…

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