Two U.S. F-22 Raptors intercepted and fired warning flares at two Russian Su-25s over the tightly congested air space in Syria along the Euphrates River on Thursday.
Not since the Cold War has the United States been this aggressively engaged with the Russian military in fronts around the planet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s cocksure international diplomacy hasn’t created a loyal following among global citizens in recent months, as his military’s bizarre behavior in theaters such as Syria have caused major concerns on the world’s stage. Their possible complicity in a deadly chemical attack, and their likely role in the coverup, became apparent only after U.S. forces took the liberty of raining Tomahawk missiles down on the airbase from which the attack originated. Then, in defense, Russia poked back at the United States by declaring that any further military action in Syria would be met with force.