Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Threat
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 19:43
According to a statement from the Pentagon, pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the us -backed Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.
American officials say the Syrian jet dropped bombs near USA -backed forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - a claim the Syrian government and Russian Federation both dispute.
On Sunday, the U.S. shot down a Syrian plane that had dropped bombs near its ground-partnered Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) south of Tabqa about two hours after SDF fighters were wounded in an earlier attack by pro-Syrian regime forces in Ja'Din.
The incident occurred in approximately the same location where, on June 8, a US jet shot down a similar drone that attacked coalition and partner forces on the ground.
Australia has suspended all air operations over Syria in the wake of USA forces downing a Syrian jet and a warning from Russian Federation that US -led coalition planes are now targets for its forces in parts of the country.
On Sunday, a USA jet shot down a regime warplane in northern Syria as it "dropped bombs" on US-backed local forces.
Australia has suspended its airstrikes against Isis targets in Syria as a precaution after Russian Federation threatened it would treat any US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates river as potential "targets". The Russian military department also ceased to cooperate with the USA in the framework of the memorandum on the prevention of incidents in the sky over Syria.
The memorandum established a phone "hotline" the militaries use to alert one another of actions they're taking in Syria.
The U.S. -led Combined Joint Task Force said the drone displayed "hostile intent" as it approached the outpost. The ministry said strikes in neighboring Iraq, also part of the US -led coalition campaign, will go on. "We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than Isis but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if necessary".
The strikes are the first time Iran has fired missiles at another country in three decades and represent a major escalation of Iran's role in the war in Syria.
A spokesman for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Ramazan Sharif, said all six ballistic missiles it launched on Syria hit their targets, according to "local sources and drone films".
The move also comes just days after the U.S.
"For operational security considerations, the Canadian Armed Forces will not disclose the frequency of the flights or the exact locations nor the details of our force protection measures and risk assessment process", spokesperson Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email.
Russia, a key ally of the Syrian regime, accused the US-led coalition of "complicity with terrorism" after the drone was downed in southern Syria.
The U.S. military has confirmed it killed a top Islamic State cleric in an airstrike.
During that incident, the drone dropped a single munition near USA -backed forces.
The Syrian army has been able to make rapid advances allowing them to reach the border for the first time in years.