Australia suspends air strikes in Syria: Government

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

Moscow has previously threatened to scrap the deconfliction line, after an April 7 USA cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack against civilians.

"The goal is to get the U.S.to repeatedly confirm that it has no military intentions inside Syria, aside from eliminating the Islamic State", she said. Iran fires missiles into Syria.

"The worst thing any of us could do right now is address this with hyperbole", he said.

Russian Federation is supporting Assad militarily with air power, advisers and special forces as he tries to roll back Islamic State and other militant groups.

The hotline connects US military officers at an operations center in Qatar and their Russian counterparts operating in Syria.

Clashes between Syrian troops and the SDF would escalate tensions and open a new front line in the many complex battlefields of the civil war, now in its seventh year.

The last time a U.S. jet had shot down another country's aircraft came over Kosovo in 1999 when a U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle shot down a Serbian MiG-29.

While both the United States and Russian Federation say their forces are in Syria to fight ISIS (also known as Daesh) infiltration there, Russian Federation has allied itself with the regime of Syrian President Bahsar al-Assad while the US-led coalition has aligned with groups that oppose both the Assad regime and ISIS.

On Sunday, it was a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet that shot down a Syrian SU-22 after that jet dropped bombs near USA partner forces taking on ISIS.

"The Russian Federation has indicated that their goal in Syria, like ours, is to defeat ISIS, and we'll see if that's true here in the coming hours", he said.

The Russian Ministry of Defense called the downing of the plane "a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic" and "military aggression".

"All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the worldwide coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets", the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

"As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian Regime and Russian forces, we have taken prudent measures to re-position aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting ISIS forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrew given known threats in the battlespace", the source said. It also issued what appeared a threat to target USA coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River. Dunford, there are still some other ways to avoid clashes, even though, he said, U.S. forces can defend themselves.

Those moves have led to clashes between armed groups backed by the USA and those backed by the Syrian government.

The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the USA -led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The shoot-down was near Tabqah - a Syrian town in an area that has been a week-long focus of fighting against Islamic State group militants by the SDF, as they surround the city of Raqqa and attempt to retake it.

A similar incident occurred June 6, and on June 8 a United States warplane shot down a pro-regime drone in Syria after it fired at coalition forces.

And that got the attention of Syrian President Bashar Assad's chief protector, Russia. Moscow has said it entered the fight mainly to combat IS.

We will diplomatically and militarily work in next hours so as to restore mechanisms and bring conflict down, the United States high-ranking official stated.

Syria's latest developments add significance to talks set for Friday in St Petersburg between senior US and Russian diplomats meant to focus on key differences in the relationship, such as Syria and Ukraine.

However, the ministry also announced that it was ending cooperation on a US-Russian agreement that had been created to prevent a direct conflict between the two powers in Syria.

In recent years the SDF has driven IS from much of northern Syria and emerged as the most effective USA ally battling the group in Syria.

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