US Shoots Down Drone Close to Iraqi-Syrian Border

The U.S. 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 U.S. special forces and U.S. -backed militia around Al Tanf.

The Shahed-129 UAV was shot down by the US Strike Eagle about 12:30 am on Tuesday morning after it advanced on Coalition forces and showed intent hostile. The US, however, has repeatedly attacked pro-Syrian forces in the border area, complaining they're too close to another US-backed rebel faction's base at al-Tanf.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced Monday that it suspended the deconfliction channel with the United States for incident prevention in Syria following the attack.

"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force [ADF] strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", the Defense Ministry statement said.

A spokesman told ABC the situation would be monitored and a decision on whether to resume operations in Syria "will be made in due course".

"ADF force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats".

The geopolitical stability in Syria is riding on a knife's edge, after several high-profile incidents over the last few days.

But the Syrian military said its Su-22 fighter jet was flying a mission against ISIL.

The actions of the U.S. and its allies were criticized by the Russian Foreign Ministry, and they were called by the Defense Ministry actually military aggression against Syria. Australia's protective measure of suspending its activities is likely to cause wider concern among the other participants in this campaign.

Australia's military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by United States forces.

The U.S. said it acted after the Syrian plane bombed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurds and Syrian Arab groups that the U.S. has supported.

The move comes days after an F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down an Su-22 Fitter fighter-bomber over Syria, which marked the us military's first air-to-air kill involving manned aircraft in almost two decades.

Coalition troops were working in the area alongside local forces who are being trained to fight the so-called Islamic State group.

The force will continue normal operations in Iraq, reports Australia's News.com.

"I think Iran is trying to preemptively shape what a U.S. - Iran conflict would look like, keep us focused on eastern Syria and away from key Iranian interests in the west", said Jennifer Cafarella, an expert on the Syrian conflict at the Institute for the Study of War.

The coalition reiterated that it remains committed to fighting ISIS in Syria, and that it does not seek to fight Syrian, Russian, or forces partnered with them.

That was a rarity in modern warfare, representing the first time the U.S. Air Force had downed a manned jet since 1999.

  • Leroy Wright