U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border -statement

Australia's military is suspending the airstrikes that it had been carrying out against the Islamic State as part of a US -led coalition in Syria, one day after Russian Federation criticized the USA downing of a Syrian warplane and threatened to target coalition aircraft in a wide swath of Syria.

Iran's missile capability have been a challenging issue between Washington and Tehran. "Iran, at different levels, confronts any threat which may target the Islamic Republic, and the country's missile strikes had a message that deterred the USA from even thinking of attacking Iran or isolating the country".

The threats come as Iranian politicians and military leaders amp up their rhetoric against the Trump administration following a series of strikes in Syria on Iranian-backed forces bolstering embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. military's Central Command said the drone shot down Tuesday was a Shaheed 129 and appeared to have been operated by "pro-regime" forces, a term which U.S. officials previously have used to describe Hezbollah elements.

Weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian military forces to Syria in September 2015 to prop up the regime of President Bashar Assad, Russia and the USA signed a memorandum on preventing air incidents between the two countries.

The IRGC fired six medium-range surface-to-surface missiles into ISIS bases in Syria's Deir Ezzur on Sunday in retaliation to twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran, claiming lives of 17 people and injuring 56 others.

US -backed forces recently pushed into Raqqa, the northern Syrian city that served as the group's de facto capital.

"We will retaliate against the terrorists and their supporters who martyred our people", the IRGC's second-in-command, Lieutenant General Hossein Salami, said after the Tehran attacks.

"We continually review the merits, both from the standpoint of diplomatic but also global consequences, of designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in its entirety as a terrorist organisation", Tillerson said.

London - Senior Advisor to Iran's Spiritual Leader, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that his country has sent a letter to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, accusing Washington of breaching three clauses in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

That drone was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition personnel are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS.

It is likely that the strike was not only meant to hit ISIS but to send a message to Iran's adversaries, particularly the USA, whose air force is operating in Syria in support of a Kurdish-Arab alliance besieging the eastern city of Raqqa, and Saudi Arabia.

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 US and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

  • Leroy Wright