US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Military Threat

Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Military Threat

The US-led coalition conducted what the Pentagon said was a "show of force" - a reported buzzing of the pro-government troops by jets - to stop the attack and then called the Syrian government's ally, Russia, to try to "de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

In an indirect reference to Iranian-backed forces that have been gathering in the eastern desert region, a USA -led coalition statement cited a recent escalation of tensions and said it would not "tolerate any hostile intent and action of pro-regime forces".

The incident has similar hallmarks to a June 8 shoot-down, when a U.S. F-15 destroyed a pro-regime drone after it dropped what turned out to be a dud bomb near us -backed local forces.

The 29 May strike killed Rayan Mashaal, also known as Baraa Kadek, according to local Syrian activists, though the coalition has not yet confirmed that. This month, an American warplane almost shot down a Syrian SU-22 that appeared to be maneuvering to drop bombs on American-backed Syrian fighters, but the Syrian aircraft dumped its munitions in the desert and zoomed away.

"Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the global coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air defences on and above ground", said Russia's defence ministry.

"Australian defence force personnel are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course", he said.

The coalition said Syrian troops attacked SDF fighters near Tabqa, south of Raqa, wounding several and chasing them out of the town. Moscow has accused the U.S. of not using the hotline to prevent the Raqqa incident.

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He also said that the U, S, would work to keep the lines of communication open with Russian Federation.

The US military's Central Command said the drone shot down Tuesday was a Shaheed 129 and appeared to have been operated by "pro-regime" forces, a term which US officials previously have used to describe Hezbollah elements.

The area where we downed the Syrian fighter jet is also strategically important.

The US has also fired on Syrian government ground forces in the east on two occasions in just the last month.

The competition between the Syrian army and its allies and US-backed rebel groups has stepped up in the Badia desert that stretches to the Iraqi border, after ISIL abandoned large swaths of territory to focus on defending Raqqa and Deir Zor. We are maintaining contacts with the Americans at various levels: "both talks with the US Secretary of State and at the level of experts who are dealing with both bilateral relations and the Syrian problem", the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

The base trains fighters of vetted forces to fight against the Islamic State. It may be that as the Islamic State loses more and more territories conflict could arise between forces loyal to Assad and the Syrian Democratic Forces supported by the US.

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