Iran mocks reports that its Syria missile strike failed

Earlier this week, the ADF said it would suspend operations after Russian Federation warned members of the USA -led coalition that any aircraft found west of the Euphrates River would be considered a "target" after an American F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 on Sunday.

The Pentagon said the incident took place near a combat post in A-Tanf where US and coalition "advisers" are stationed in a support capacity to provide services to forces battling the Islamic State terrorist organization.

The unmanned aircraft allegedly displayed hostile intent toward US -backed coalition forces, which includes local and foreign Islamist militants, in a part of Syria that was recently identified as a military priority by Damascus.

The incident has similar hallmarks to a June 8 shoot-down, when a U.S. F-15 destroyed a pro-regime drone after it dropped what turned out to be a dud bomb near us -backed local forces.

In Syria's tangled conflict, Washington backs a coalition of rebel forces fighting both President Assad and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Australia said on Tuesday it had suspended air strikes into Syria following the USA downing of a Syrian military jet and Russia's subsequent threat against US-led coalition aircraft.

Australia on Tuesday suspended its airstrikes against IS targets in Syria as a precaution, after Russian Federation announced it was suspending the hotline and warned the US -led coalition not to fly over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River. It said operations would continue over Iraq. If others, including the Syrian government and its Iranian and Russian allies, want to fight the extremists as well, then "we absolutely have no problem with that", he said, speaking from Baghdad.

The downing came after the Syrian government's SU-22 jet dropped bombs near US-backed fighters combating Daesh.

He further explained that the Syrian army, the legitimate Syrian government and their allies have been able to disrupt the USA plans to split Syria and the Americans started to act more aggressively, shooting down the Syrian jet.

The incident came as Russian Federation once again protested against repeated USA actions against forces allied with Syria and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the incidents could be "very dangerous" and cause an escalation of the war.

Australia has six fighter jets based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that strike targets in Syria and Iraq.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, told reporters at the Pentagon that the USA goal is to defeat IS wherever it exists. The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that the pilot was missing.

In this photo taken on Tuesday May 23, 2017, provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group, the Hammurabi's Justice News, shows a USA -backed anti-government Syrian fighter form Maghaweer al-Thawra stands on a vehicle with heavy automatic machine gun, left, next of an American soldier who also stands on his armored vehicle, right, as they take their position at the Syrian-Iraqi crossing border point of Tanf, south Syria.

The competition between the Syrian army and the militias and US -backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels has stepped up in the Badia desert that stretches to the Iraqi border after Islamic State abandoned large swathes of territory as it defends Raqqa and Deir Zor.

Washington also described those strikes as self defence.

The said the Syrian jet had dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters who are aligned with forces in the fight against ISIS.

Australia has suspended its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as a precaution after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week.

The Russian Defense Ministry said: "Repeated combat actions by US aviation under the cover of counter-terrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the United Nations are a massive violation of worldwide law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic".

  • Leroy Wright