USA shoots down pro-government drone in Syria: Defense Department

USA shoots down pro-government drone in Syria: Defense Department

The U.S. military's Central Command said the drone shot down Tuesday was a Shaheed 129 and appeared to have been operated by "pro-regime" forces, a term which U.S. officials previously have used to describe Hezbollah elements.

"It displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces", the statement read. "At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet".

The Australian Defence Force (ADF), which includes about 780 personnel, including 300 service members working in its air group, has announced it would resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

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.

Australia's military has temporarily halted air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by U.S. forces. It said operations would continue over Iraq.

"We are heading toward a bare-knuckle fight, which is likely to be in favor of the Russia-Iran-Syria axis", he said.

United States and Russian officials had agreed to a ceasefire, which ended on Monday, during talks in Amman aimed at strengthening goodwill before more detailed negotiations on setting up the "de-escalation zone", diplomats in Jordan said.

The recent incidents were condemned by the Syrian government and Russian Federation, saying the Syrian jet was conducting operations against ISIS.

Davis said the USA did not attempt to dissuade the drone from advancing through an established communications line with Russian Federation, which is allied to the Syrian government but does not have command of forces aligned with it, because "the incident emerged very quickly".

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This is the latest incident in the skies over Syria, after the United States shot down a Syrian fighter plane on Sunday and another drone earlier this month.

The military said Binali was killed in Mayadeen, an IS-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border. Yesterday, the US coalition announced that it had shot down a Syrian regime plane which was bombing predominantly Kurdish SDF positions.

The area, which is used by USA special forces to train Syrian rebel groups for future campaigns against the so-called Islamic State, has emerged as the latest battleground between US -backed forces and Iranian-sponsored supporters of the Syrian government.

Consequently, the Russian military halted cooperation with its USA counterparts in the framework of the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria.

It added: "This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8".

The Syrian army said it would suspend combat operations in Daraa for 48 hours on Saturday, after USA and Russian officials agreed on a cease-fire deal during a round of secret talks on creating a "de-escalation zone" in southwestern Syria that would include Daraa.

Graduates of a US-trained police force, which expects to be deployed in Raqqa, salute during a graduation ceremony near Ain Issa village, north of Raqqa, Syria, June 17, 2017.

The confrontation was the latest clash in Syria where a proxy war is going on between Iranian-backed militias that support Assad and the Syrian fighters who have been trained by the U.S., British, and other coalition military advisers, the New York Times reported.

The far has shunned any cooperation with Assad and has partnered instead with local Arab and Kurdish forces in fighting IS.

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