An unknown military aircraft has crashed in al-Hasakah province in northern Syria, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday, citing local sources.
According to the news agency, the incident occurred in the village of Mshaweh, located in the southern part of the province. The media also released videos showing the burned remains of the aircraft.
The Syrian government controls small areas of the province, with the overwhelming majority of it in control of the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
The SDF, with close coordination of the US-led coalition, are conducting operations to clear the remaining pockets of eastern Syria still held by ISIS.
Most people speculate that the aircraft belongs to the US and was a helicopter. However, Washington are yet to confirm or deny this speculation.
Other accounts also point that this could perhaps be a Turkish aircraft as the province runs adjacent to the country. Turkey considers the SDF as a terrorist organization as it is led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who in turn are the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Although Washington recognizes the PKK as a terrorist organization, it does not consider the Syrian branch, the YPG, as a terrorist organization. This has been a fundamental reason for the breakdown of relations between Turkey and the US who are also NATO allies.
Turkey has been conducting operations against the YPG in Syrian territory, however, Ankara just like Washington are yet to confirm or deny that the downed aircraft is theirs.
Either way, it appears that there are no casualties just yet, and it remains to be confirmed who the downed aircraft belongs to and in what nature it was being flown within this volatile region of Syria. Syria and Russia also conduct air operations throughout the country but they are yet to state whether or not it is theirs.