Australian military suspends air operations over Syria


Perhaps the USA will also continue flights west of the Euphrates but will think twice before trying to shoot down any more Syrian planes or Russian planes either. They've tried to target only the Islamic State (IS) who held sizable portions of the country. Syrian government and allied troop.

Russian Federation announced on Monday it was suspending the hotline, but the US said it was still functioning as of Monday morning.

On Sunday, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had fired mid-range ground-to-ground missiles from a site in western Iran targeting "the headquarters and meeting place and suicide auto assembly line" of "IS terrorists" in Deir al-Zour province.

Damascus and its allies have long argued that they are the essential partner to any worldwide effort in Syria, portraying all opposition forces as terrorist groups.

In return, the Syrian regime is allowed to fly its flag and have a symbolic presence in the area.

In the duration of several months, the month of May has seemed to be the most violent in all ways of the fighting took place in the region of Daraa, which is also the place where the civil war begins in the year 2011.

The United States, he added, "is dealing with it defensively and reactively".

With Russia's backing, they sprang out in the desert of Palmyra, eyeing the town of Sukhna, the last IS stronghold in central Syria.

This was in the aftermath of a US F-18 shooting down a Syrian SU-22 on Sunday after the pilot bombed pro-coalition SDF forces outside of Raqqa.

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The United States moved quickly to contain an escalation of the situation after the jet was downed on Sunday evening when regime forces targeted the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling IS.

The U.S. military has repeatedly warned forces fighting on Bashar al-Assad's side to stay away from a "deconfliction zone" agreed upon with Russian Federation, near a garrison used by U.S. special forces and U.S. -backed militia around Tanf, which lies along the Syria-Jordan-Iraq triple border region.

The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against IS when it came under fire, according to state television. That incident angered Russian Federation, which intervened in the Syrian civil war on Syria's behalf in 2015 and has a hotline with the deconflict airspace and make sure their air forces don't collide mid-air.

A USA warplane shot down an armed drone linked to Syrian regime forces, the Pentagon said Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents between US -backed forces and the regime of Bashar Assad that threatens to escalate the conflict there.

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.

The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies... in fighting terrorism across its territory", it said.

Despite the recent violence, US officials stressed they have no plans to escalate fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. "We want to de-escalate, not escalate", Davis said.

Abdullah argued that the US position is being weakened by splits within the Trump administration over Syria policy. He also said that the U, S, would work to keep the lines of communication open with Russian Federation.

"In Syria this type of strike is akin to complicity with terrorism", Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency.