Russian fighter jet flies five feet from US spy plane

A US warplane shot down an armed drone linked to Syrian regime forces, the Pentagon said Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents between USA -backed forces and the regime of Bashar Assad that threatens to escalate the conflict there.

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.

An armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV "displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces" at 12:30 am local time on Tuesday, the coalition said in a statement, CNN reported.

"The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat", the statement said, adding that "There is a de-confliction mechanism in place with Russian forces to reduce uncertainty in this highly contested space and mitigate the chances of strategic miscalculation".

It described Binali as "a close confidant" of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he "had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world".

Tuesday's statement from the global coalition stressed that the worldwide effort remained focused on ISIS but said that coalition forces had the right to self-defense.

The incident comes one day after the Russian Defense Ministry said it would treat any USA jet flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as a potential target, following a U.S.

"And we have to understand what we're getting involved in, right".

Dozens of US and allied warships also participated in the Baltic Sea exercise amid heightened tensions with Russian Federation.

Moscow said it would target USA jets flying in Syrian airspace as a result.

Despite the increasing number of incidents, analysts say neither Syria's regime nor Washington now wants a major confrontation.

Guterres played down expectations of a breakthrough in the next round of UN-led peace talks on Syria starting on July 10.

  • Leroy Wright