Monday, 18 February, 2019

US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria

The RC-135 was flying over the Baltic Sea at the time of the incident The RC-135 was flying over the Baltic Sea at the time of the incident
Ellis Copeland | 22 June, 2017, 08:06

The SDF came under attack in Ja DIn by Assad forces while overhead U.S. fighter jets flew overhead firing warning shots that turned back the advance of the Assad forces.

Russian Federation made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday, which, according to Damascus, is the first such incident since the start of the conflict in 2011. The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that the pilot was missing.

The competition between the Syrian army and the militias and USA -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.

The US-led coalition conducted what the Pentagon said was a "show of force" - a reported buzzing of the pro-government troops by jets - to stop the attack and then called the Syrian government's ally, Russia, to try to "de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

"The coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally", the US military said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State group, which controls a swath of territory in eastern Syria.

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

Binskin said the jet fighters had been occupied recently supporting Iraqi security forces in retaking the city of Mosul, so the suspension had little effect on their operations.

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Russian Federation responded by warning it would track aircraft from the US -led coalition as potential targets over Syria and suspended a hotline meant to avoid mid-air collisions.

The incident happened just after midnight on Tuesday when an armed, Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone was said to be advancing on coalition forces who were stationed at a combat outpost northeast of At Tanf, about 13 miles from the border with Iraq.

It described Binali as "a close confidant" of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he "had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world".

Tuesday's encounter is the latest development in what's become an increasingly hostile standoff between the US military and the various forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's fight to stay in power.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard says all six ballistic missiles it launched at Islamic State militants in Syria earlier this week hit their targets.

A Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the United States is moving toward a military confict with Russian Federation and Iran in Syria. One of the officials said that UAV "was assessed as a threat". "That would be another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War", he said.

After the Russian threats, Australia also said Tuesday that it had suspended its air operations over Syria.


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