US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

21 June, 2017, 07:11 | Author: Kelly Sanders

The U.S. military said it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, marking the third time this month that that the U.S. has downed aircraft affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. The Russian statement said that from now on Russian planes will "track as targets" all military activities on the western banks of the Euphrates River. "This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8".

Syrian military officers described it as a major achievement that boosts the coordination of border security between Iraq and Syria.

The jet was downed on Sunday evening after regime forces targeted the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling IS.

The incident comes one day after a Russian warplane came within five feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea on Monday.

"The de-confliction line has proven effective at mitigating strategic miscalculations and escalating tense situations, and to be clear, we prefer to keep this channel of communication open". "If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate", SDF spokesman Talal Silo said. "We remain available on our end".

Both the United States and Russian Federation contend their forces are in Syria to fight ISIS.

A US F-15E fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone near At Tanf, Syria, on Monday, two USA officials told CNN, the third downing of a pro-regime aircraft this month.

A USA aircraft shot down a pro-Syrian regime Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle advancing on Coalition forces in Southern Syria, June 20, the US-led coalition said in a statement.

Russian Federation threatened to scrap the hotline after an April 7 United States cruise missile strike on a Syrian regime airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians.

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"I hope that the clear message of this attack will be understood by the terrorists as well as their regional and worldwide supporters", said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace unit, according to the website of Iranian state television.

Sharif says the missile launch reflects Iran's "military power" though Iran has no intention of starting another war. Also, Iran fired several ballistic missiles Sunday night at IS positions in eastern Syria. The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of hundreds of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped establish the IS branch in Libya.

These battles are critical for Syria's future, Abdullah said, noting they will force the negotiate with the Assad government. The 48-hour truce that had started there at noon Saturday was supposed to be extended.

CENTCOM's statement that Syria had earlier attacked the "SDF-held town of Tabqa", and Damascus' reminder that it is still Syrian territory where the Americans are operating, may have played a role in Moscow's dramatic decision.

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.

"I think that it was just that the regime engaged in a provocation and then a lower-rung USA commander responded in self-defence", he said of Sunday's incident.

Syria's war began in March 2011 with anti-government protests that spiralled into a complex and devastating conflict that has killed more than 320,000 people.


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