American Warplane Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria

A US F-15E fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone near At Tanf, Syria, on Monday, two U.S. officials told CNN, the third downing of a pro-regime aircraft this month.

It also comes after an American F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet shot down a Syrian SU-22 fighter-bomber Sunday in northern Syria as it "dropped bombs" near the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed alliance fighting ISIL.

The drone, downed near a combat outpost in the town of At-Tanf, was the second one shot down by US forces in 12 days; the downing comes as Pentagon officials are working to defuse heightened tensions in southeastern Syria. "This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8".

Russian Federation on Monday said that it was closing the communication line after a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet downed a Syrian government SU-22 fighter-bomber on Sunday.

United States central command claimed the jet had dropped bombs near the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and had been shot down "in collective self-defense". Moscow has accused the USA of not using the hotline to prevent the Raqqa incident.

Moscow said it was suspending an incident hotline set up two years ago and warned that it would consider global aircraft operating in central Syria "aerial targets".

Australia defence ministry said in a statement the suspension was "a precautionary measure to allow the coalition to assess the operational risk".

Asked Tuesday whether the hotline was no longer being used, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said he could not discuss the matter beyond saying the US stands ready to use the line.

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 2, 2017.

And on Monday, a US fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone in southeastern Syria.

Russian Federation said it will now treat any aircraft or drones as threats if they operate in any areas west of Euphrates. "We do not want to continue this everyday [as it] distracts from our goal to defeat" the Islamic State, he said.

Washington also described those strikes as self-defense.

The U.S. -allied forces are using the base to train for battle and stage attacks against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. Russian Federation backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Iran also supports, while the USA -led coalition is aligned with groups that oppose the Assad regime and ISIS.

Regime air and artillery bombardments hit rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Daraa, on the border with Jordan, on Tuesday after a two-day ceasefire expired, witnesses, rebels and the army said.

  • Joanne Flowers