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Are the US and Russia headed for a conflict in Syria?

Russia warns the US and its allies that it will shoot down any aircraft flying west of the Euphrates river.

Russia says it will shoot down any aircraft that flies west of the Euphrates River in Syria.

The US military shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Saturday. The White House is insisting the action was taken in self-defence.

But the Russian and Syrian governments have condemned it.

What does this mean for the war in Syria?

Presenter: Sohail Rahman


Pavel Felgenhauer – defence and military analyst; a columnist with the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta

Jean-Marc Rickli – head of global risk at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Larry Korb – senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress; a former naval flight officer