US Air Force shot down Syrian combat drone in southern Syria


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.

The incident occurred in the same vicinity as previous conflicts with pro-regime forces, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where a contingent of USA and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

The US-led coalition said the location was close to where another "pro-[Assad] regime" drone, which intelligence sources had also identified as Iranian, was shot down on June 8.

Russia's defense ministry says it will treat USA -led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the US military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday.

Earlier this month, the US shot down another pro-regime drone in the same area after it dropped munitions near coalition forces.

The dispute over the Syrian attack on the US -backed fighters and the American response came as Iran launched ballistic missiles at Islamic State strongholds in eastern Syria in retaliation for a pair of attacks by extremists in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people and wounded more than 50.

Since the downing of the Syrian jet, Russian Federation has threatened to target U.S. and US-led coalition jets flying over Syria west of the Euphrates river. Russia's defense ministry warned it will start tracking coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates River, calling the shootdown a "cynical violation" of Syria's sovereignty.

Russian Federation said Washington had failed to use the line - a vital incident-prevention tool - before targeting the plane near Raqqa.

Since Feb. 17, total gains in the greater area of West Mosul are about 788 square kilometers - 304 square miles - and Iraqi forces have gained 4,300 square kilometers - 660 square miles - since the larger Mosul operation began in October, Davis said.

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.

Earlier, the Russian military alleged that "the command of the coalition forces did not use the established communication channel for preventing incidents in Syrian airspace".

At the same time, two U.S. officials told CNN television that an American F-15E fighter shot down drones on Monday, June 19, 55 kilometers from the border of the de-confliction zone. The US believes it has the right to occupy a part of Syria and demands that a de-confliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwest Syria where there is a coalition training base for forces fighting the Islamic State not be entered by Syrian government forces. As the Islamic State holds less and less territory conflicts of the US-led coalition with the Assad regime, Russians, Iranians, and Hezbollah are ever more likely.

Activists say a "de-escalation agreement" brokered by Iran, Russia and Turkey in May has brought little relief.

The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This initiative is argued to impose because it's been 6 years that the nation is at war, and this step of ending all combat actions in the region for 2 days will sustenance of national reunion after several years of violence, says a Syrian official. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

A Syrian military official in Damascus said the truce was not extended.

The U.S. -led coalition, which has in recent weeks escalated its aerial bombing campaign in northern Syria and Raqqa province.