The U.S. State Department’s Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, affirmed that the United States will under no circumstances seek approval from the Syrian Government to conduct airstrikes in Syria.
“We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime.” – Jen Psaki
Psaki’s comments come one day after the Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Mouallem, stated that the Syrian Government is willing to coordinate with foreign nations to combat the Islamic State, as long as the countries seek approval first. Mouallem did warn that any unilateral strikes will be met with aggression.
The Syrian Arab Army does possess surface-to-air missiles to combat enemy aircraft. The Syrian Air Defense has a large arsenal of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, including the BUK-M2 systems.
The U.S. Air Force has direct experience with the Syrian Air Defense systems; specifically, during the Lebanese Civil War, when the Syrian Arab Army shot down two U.S. aircraft, taking the Air Force pilots prisoner.