US Shoots Down Armed Iranian-made Drone Over Syria

Syrian state media said the plane crashed, and the pilot is missing.

For Iran, it "needs eastern Syria to shore-up its hold on Iraq, its access to Hezbollah, and above all to prevent the Americans laying down anchor and disrupting this quasi-imperial design", he added.

Russian Federation says its missile systems in Syria will track everything in the air west of the Euphrates River as a potential target - including aircraft from the US -led coalition - after the USA shot down a Syrian jet Sunday. The Russians have provided air cover for Syrian Forces.

A second USA official said the use of ballistic missiles may also have been intended as a signal that Iran remains committed to supporting Assad and a reminder that US forces and bases in the region are within reach of Iranian missiles and ground forces.

And it has demanded a full account of why the United States military shot down the Syrian SU-22.

It is the fourth major confrontation between Syrian and pro-regime militias over the past several weeks, and the second aircraft downed by coalition fighters. A senior White House official said: "The strategy for Syria is to defeat ISIS and first and foremost achievement of a de-escalation of the conflict so we can work toward a political resolution".

Russian Federation says it will treat US-led coalition planes as potential targets in government-controlled areas of Syria west of the Euphrates River. "All flying objects, including planes and drones of the global coalition, detected west of the Euphrates, will be followed by Russian air defence systems as targets", the Russian Defence Ministry said.

ADF operations in Iraq will continue as part of the Coalition, it was confirmed. "The deconfliction line has proven effective at mitigating strategic miscalculations and de-escalating tense situations".

What these newspapers do not explain is how and why the Syrian army has been energized to pursue national unification: namely it is the direct result of freeing up Syrian forces, which had been tied down in the west, through the implementation of "deconfliction" settlements that Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation hammered out in the so-called Astana talks earlier this spring.

The US military has repeatedly warned forces fighting on Assad's side to stay away from a "deconfliction zone", agreed with Russian Federation, near a garrison used by US special forces and US-backed militia around Al Tanf.

Russian Federation condemned on Monday the US military's downing of a Syrian warplane and suspended the use of a military hotline that Washington and Moscow have used to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace.

An American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 on Sunday evening as it "dropped bombs" near a US-backed alliance called the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting IS, the US-led coalition said in a statement. US officials say the aircraft had struck America's rebel allies.

Dunford said the U.S. -Russia military hotline established under the 2015 memorandum has been useful.

Before that attack, USA officials informed their Russian counterparts. The U.S. has conducted three airstrikes over the past month against those forces as they entered the deconfliction zone and moved towards At Tanf.

With few means to deconflict operations and intentions, the possibility of open hostilities increases. In Syria, we have a common foe, ISIS.

The incident occurred in the same vicinity as previous conflicts with pro-regime forces, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where a contingent of USA and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

  • Leroy Wright