Rising fears that United States role in Syria conflict is expanding
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 3:46
After following Tuesday's incident, the USA military has destroyed the pro-Syrian forces fifth time in the southern Syria since late May.
"It displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces", the statement read.
The stated mission of the USA is to expand the presence of American troops available to train local forces to fight ISIS. On Monday, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet sidled up alongside a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic Sea, coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft.
As well as announcing that US-led coalition warplanes would be tracked, Russia's ministry of defence suspended a hotline set up to avoid clashes between United States and Russian aircraft over Syria.
The (ADF) also said in a statement that the suspension was a "precautionary measure", adding that "ADF personnel are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course".
Attempting to de-escalate the situation, US officials in Baghdad have sent out notices reminding parties involved in Syria that there is a de-confliction mechanism in place with Russian forces to reduce the chances of "strategic miscalculation".
The military said Binali was killed in Mayadeen, an IS-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border.
A United States official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on USA backed-Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqa, Syria, on Tuesday.
The last time Russian Federation threatened to cut off the deconfliction line was in April, when the US launched missiles at a Syrian airbase in what ultimately amounted to a warning shot in retaliation for Assad's continued use of chemical weapons. With pro-Syrian government forces now between USA -backed fighters at at-Tanf and predominantly Islamic State-controlled areas, any future offensive in the area will be hard.
"I can tell you it was an Iranian-made drone", Davis said, declining to speculate on who specifically was operating it. The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that the pilot was missing.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the U.S. shootdown of the Syrian Su-22 was "an act of assistance to those terrorists whom the United States is ostensibly fighting against".
Moscow has fired missiles from the Mediterranean at militants' positions in Syria before, including launches from a submarine and a frigate in May at the targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra.
"The de-confliction line has proven effective at mitigating strategic miscalculations and escalating tense situations, and to be clear, we prefer to keep this channel of communication open".