Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets In Syria

"The deconfliction line is open and it is in use", Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the USA -led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria told a Pentagon news conference. He says if others, including Iran, Syria and Russian Federation, want to fight them as well, then "we absolutely have no problem with that".

Tensions have run high since the USA helped stand up a coalition garrison at At Tanf near the Syria-Iraq border, a key supply corridor that the Iranian and Syrian governments seem intent on securing. The area is far from the main battle lines of Syria's civil war, which still rages.

Two weeks ago, a U.S F-15 destroyed a pro-regime drone after it dropped what turned out to be a dud bomb near U.S-backed local forces.

A USA warplane shot down an armed drone linked to Syrian regime forces, the Pentagon said Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents between US -backed forces and the regime of Bashar Assad that threatens to escalate the conflict there.

Two Russian Navy warships and a submarine launched six Kalibr cruise missiles on Daesh (banned in Russia) targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. "It is open and it is in use".

When asked about Syrian regime forces and Iranian-backed militias who, like the USA -led coalition, were advancing on Islamic State-held territory, Dillon responded: "We're here to fight ISIS, and if others want to fight ISIS to defeat them, we have no problem with that".

  • Leroy Wright