US Shoots Down Pro-Syrian Drone

A U.S. military official said the drone was "on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them", so the coalition shot the unmanned aircraft down in self defence.

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.

The F-15 plane downed the drone around 00:30 on Tuesday (21:30 GMT Monday) north-east of Tanf, according to a U.S. military statement.

"The selection of targets is interesting", Lt. Col (ret) Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst, said of Iran's missile strikes.

It was shot down near Tanf, an outpost of the US-led coalition.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said it was Iranian-made and had "dirty wings", meaning it was armed.

The battle for Rasafa, a key town southwest of the city of Raqqa, triggered clashes with the Kurdish forces and led to the downing of a Syrian fighter jet by a USA warplane.

That is where USA forces have been training and advising local Syrian Arabs for the fight against Islamic State militants.

The U.S. military meanwhile confirmed Tuesday that top IS cleric Turki al-Binali was killed in a coalition airstrike on May 31, in Mayadeen, Syria. "Given recent events, the Coalition will not allow pro-regime aircraft to threaten or approach in close proximity to Coalition and partnered forces", the statement said.

The Syrian government SU-22 dropped bombs near the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Drone was perceived as threat to USA troops.

On Monday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps demonstrated some of its military prowess by launching ballistic missile strikes from western Iran against ISIS targets in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zour, according to The Guardian.

"An incident occurred, we have to work through the incident, we have a channel to be able to do that", he said.

"The U.S. must decide if it wants to continue to actively support its proxies in the Syria civil war".

"A threat for those jets may appear only if they take action that poses a threat to Russian aircraft", Mr Ryabkov said.

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

So the tensions locally are mounting between the U.S. and pro-regime forces; between the USA and the Russians; and more broadly between Washington and Tehran.

The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against IS when it came under fire, according to state television.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that "all countries must fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria" but the BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow says that, given Russia is such a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, this is a muted response.

  • Leroy Wright