Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 11:52
Over the weekend, the US took out a military jet belonging to the Syrian military, a Russian ally.
Guard spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif told The Associated Press on Tuesday the force's "local sources and drone films say that all the six missiles the Guard launched hit their targets".
Australia on Tuesday temporarily suspended its air combat missions over Syria after Russian Federation threatened that it would treat any plane from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates river as a potential target.
"ADF operations in Iraq will continue as part of the coalition".
It was the second time this month that the USA has shot down an armed drone in the vicinity of the camp at Tanf. Syrian state media said the plane crashed, and the pilot is missing.
The previous Conservative government first deployed Aurora surveillance planes, a Polaris air-to-air refueller and six CF-18 fighter jets to participate in the USA -led air campaign against ISIL in October 2014.
The U.S. has said it shot down the aircraft Sunday to defend allied forces fighting to seize back the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria. Dunford said Monday, June 19, 2017, that Washington and Moscow are in delicate discussions to tamp down tensions arising from the USA shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet, which the Russians called a violation of a U.S.
Russian Federation condemned the USA action and in retaliation suspended a hotline meant to prevent such incidents.
Officials told CNN that an American F-15E fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made drone that was "assessed to be a threat" - thought to be armed and in firing range of United States troops.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Australian Department of Defence said: "As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased". "We always take proper measures depending on the situation on the ground, but we're still operating... throughout Syria", she said.
The SU-22 bomber belonging to the Syrian military forces was taken down during an air raid conducted in the areas where the United States-Syrian Democratic Forces established its headquarters, the Pentagon has said.
He says: "We are not the initiator of any conflict and war but we do not tolerate creation of insecurity in our country".
The Russians, who have been providing air cover for Assad's forces since 2015, appear to want to avoid further USA targeting of Syrian warplanes or ground troops that have come under US attack in eastern Syria recently.
The top general explained what happened on Sunday, saying US forces acted in self-defense.
But the Syrian military said its Su-22 fighter jet was flying a mission against ISIL.