Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russian Federation threat

A USA official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on United States backed-Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqa, Syria, on Tuesday.

The New American just posted an article by the veteran conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan, noting very different takes on the USA shoot-down of the Syrian jet reported by American and Syrian sources, with Washington saying the Syrian plane was bombing us -backed rebels, while Damascus stating that its plane was attacking ISIS. That is where US forces have been training and advising local Syrian Arabs for the fight against Islamic State militants.

Attempts to warn the plane away using an emergency radio frequency failed, the US Central Command said.

In response, Russian Federation announced its air defenses would track all coalition targets west of the Euphrates, and suspend the "deconfliction" hotline.

The action was a "flagrant aggression" that confirmed the US' "real stance in support of terrorism", Syria's military said.

Its Defense Department said the move is a "precautionary" measure after Russian Federation threatened U.S-led coalition planes are targets.

The U.S. has also fired on Syrian government ground forces in the east on two occasions in the past month.

On Sunday, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had fired mid-range ground-to-ground missiles from a site in western Iran targeting "the headquarters and meeting place and suicide vehicle assembly line" of "IS terrorists" in Deir al-Zour province.

Israeli security officials said Monday that they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities.

In Syria's tangled conflict, Washington backs a coalition of rebel forces fighting both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamist militants, while Assad is backed by Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militia.

Daraa is where the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's four-decade rule began.

Sharif says the missile launch reflects Iran's "military power" though Iran has no intention of starting another war. The crisis quickly became a civil war, which has since left at least 400,000 people dead.

The push by Syrian government forces in the Daraa area appears headed for the Jordanian border, two weeks after Assad's troops reached the border with Iraq for the first time in years.

"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", a defence spokeswoman said in a statement on Tuesday.

The line was established in October 2015 after Russian Federation entered Syria's civil war to prop up President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. needs now to delineate the lines of advance for Syria's Kurds, and to talk to the Russians, Syrians and Iranians.

  • Leroy Wright