The U.S.-led coalition scrambled fighter jets to protect American advisors working with Kurdish forces in Syria as the Kurds were being targeted by planes from President Bashar Assad’s regime, the Pentagon said Friday.

“This was done as a measure to protect coalition forces,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said of Thursday’s incident, in which regime bombers conducted air strikes in the area around the northern city of Hasakeh.

“We did make clear that U.S. aircraft would defend troops on the ground if threatened.”

No injuries were reported, Davis said.

Witnesses said three Syrian government fighter jets targeted military positions belonging to a Kurdish group, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that has researchers on the ground.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis has said that the United States is ready to shot down Syrian government warplanes over the city of Hasakah in eastern Syria. The United States also scrambled warplanes near Hasakah, after Syrian SU-24 attack aircraft dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US Special Forces sericemembers deployed with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area.

On August 19, two Syrian Su-24 jets struck Kurdish positions in and near Hasakah amid heavy fighting between forces aligned with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (YPG and Asayish) and the National Defense Forces loyal to the Syrian government.

Source : France Press and  the Pentagon