Iran-made drone downed in Syria


In the latest escalation between the USA and the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone over southern Syria on Tuesday.

The escalation of conflict in western Syria, where US forces shot down the Syrian plane, could potentially lead to a division between the eastern and western sides of the country, Mosser says, much as Germany was divided by the Berlin Wall when the USA and Russian Federation were in conflict after World War II.

The Shahed-129 UAV was shot down by the US Strike Eagle about 12:30 am on Tuesday morning after it advanced on Coalition forces and showed intent hostile.

The Iranian drone that was shot down Tuesday was outside the deconfliction area, the official said.

"The Coalition forces were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS". The U.S. said it acted after the Syrian plane bombed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurds and Syrian Arab groups that the U.S. has supported. That led Russian Federation, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, to warn that it would target USA -led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates River. The decision came amid increasing tension between the USA and Russian Federation, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets".

U.S.' downing of the Iranian drone came on the same day when Australia announced it is temporarily suspending airstrikes by its forces in Syria after a threat from Russian Federation.

Two days earlier, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 warplane shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 attacking U.S. -backed forces near Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital.

The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was the second time this month that the USA has shot down an armed drone in the vicinity of the camp at Tanf.

The Democratic Senator also said that the United States president had no authority to act on his own to engage in a war in Syria and that he must gain permission from Congress. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

Meanwhile Iran's military said Sunday that it has launched several medium range ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting ISIS fighters in retaliation for twin attacks that rocked Tehran on June 7. The 48-hour truce that had started there at noon Saturday was supposed to be extended.

Daraa is where the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's four-decade rule began. The crisis quickly became a civil war, which has since left at least 400,000 people dead.

One official said that the drone was shot down because it was "assessed to be a threat".

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.