Aus to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat

It is the fifth time in the past month the USA has struck at forces allied with the Syrian government in the area.

The US has moved quickly to contain an escalation of the situation after the jet was downed on Sunday evening when regime forces targeted the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The U.S. -led military coalition said in a statement that the shoot down occurred where another pro-regime drone dropped munitions on June 8 before it was also shot down.

The Pentagon said that after Syrian jets had bombed US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Syria and ground forces headed their way with artillery and armored vehicles, U.S. jets made a strafing run at the vehicles to stop their advance.

Moscow also suspended the hotline established in October 2015 to prevent accidental engagement of Russian and USA warplanes over Syrian territory, but such a move was threatened after the April missile launch ordered by the U.S. president and was never carried out, so it may turn out to be just posturing.

"They saw the Su-22 approaching", Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Tuesday.

Spicer said Monday that Washington would work to keep lines of communication open to, in his words, "de-conflict potential issues". "We continue to operate, making some adjustments for prudent measures", he said. "We remain available on our end".

The row prompted the Australian government to announce that it would "temporarily" halt its airstrikes in Syria.

OIR said that that armed drone "displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces".

The first leg of the plan is to retake Raqqa, a significant Islamic state stronghold and destroy the morale of the terror group.

In a separate incident, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had launched several missiles from Iran into eastern Syria on Sunday, targeting IS fighters. The Pentagon also described those strikes as self-defense. Russian Federation said it will now treat any aircraft or drones as threats if they operate in any areas west of Euphrates. He should not let Putin, on behalf of his friends in Iran, shut the USA out of the end-game against ISIS and the post-ISIS jockeying for control.

"We have never had a coherent Syrian strategy", said one U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The United States is inching closer to involvement in the Syrian civil war after US forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday. The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of hundreds of women from Iraqs Yazidi minority and helped establish the IS branch in Libya. IS supporters have also reported his death.

Russia also stopped using a key "de-confliction" communication channel set up to avoid conflict between United States and Russian forces in Syria.

Dunford said the USA has "worked through a number of issues" with Russian Federation and that the deconfliction link set up by both sides "has worked very well over the past eight months". No need to remember your password or log in, just click. The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that the pilot was missing.

The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Daraa-based activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh says fighting is now underway in the city. “The regime made the truce and then violated it.”.

Hostilities resumed Tuesday as government troops captured a hill west of the city and a former army base that was held by rebels, according to the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the AP reported.

It is said by the Iranians to have a range of 2,000km (1,240 miles) and be capable of carrying bombs and missiles.

More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria´s conflict began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011.

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

  • Salvatore Jensen