U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 4:49
Meanwhile, the US-led coalition shut down on Tuesday an Iranian-made drone operated by regime forces, in the second such incident after coalition also shut down on June 8 a pro-regime drone.
In recent weeks, US-led coalition's warplanes struck pro-Assad government forces to prevent them advancing from the Al-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria at a spot where the country's borders meet Iraq and Jordan.
In a recent statement, the US military arrogated to itself the right to control the strategic area, placing multiple rocket launcher systems at the base and warning that it would not "tolerate any hostile intent and action of pro-regime forces", a stance raising concerns of further aggression from USA forces unlawfully stationed in the Arab country.
"All flying objects, including planes and drones of the worldwide coalition, detected west of the Euphrates, will be followed by Russian air defence systems as targets", a statement from Russia's defence ministry said.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has suspended flights over Syria after Russian Federation said it halted sky incident prevention interactions with the United States as of June 19, due to the coalition's downing of a Damascus warplane.
Russia, a key ally of the Syrian regime, accused the US-led coalition of "complicity with terrorism" after the drone was downed in southern Syria.
A U.S. senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russian Federation, describing the move as "another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War".
As I wrote over the weekend, this is just the beginning of a conflict in Syria that is reaching an inflection point.
Australia lifted a suspension on military air missions over Syria imposed after the shooting down of a Syrian jet by U.S. forces.
Two days earlier, an American FA-18 shot down a Syrian SU-22 warplane that had dropped bombs near American-backed fighters combating the Islamic State.
In the latest confrontation between United States forces and those aligned with the Syrian government, the US military claimed Tuesday to have shot down an allegedly armed Iranian-made drone in the war-ravaged country's southeast. "You've got a great many overlaps in Syria", Mosser says.
Washington said it would "work diplomatically and militarily... to reestablish deconfliction" but Moscow continued to take a hard line Tuesday even before the latest incident.
Tuesday's statement from the global coalition stressed that the worldwide effort remained focused on ISIS but said that coalition forces had the right to self-defense.
The Sunday downing of the Syrian warplane prompted Russian Federation to issue a threat against American airborne assets over Syrian airspace and track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates River.
The U.S. military said it is not at war with the Assad regime, but is taking defensive actions to protect the U.S. -backed Syrian Defense Force (SDF). Russia's defense ministry warned it will start tracking coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates River, calling the shootdown a "cynical violation" of Syria's sovereignty.
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.