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Australian air strikes in Syria halt after Russian Federation threat

Australian air strikes in Syria halt after Russian Federation threat

The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet on Sunday afternoon near the town of Tabqa, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been fighting Islamic State militants as part of a drive to retake the city of Raqqa, after it had dropped bombs near the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the Pentagon said in a statement.

A USA jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked forces fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the US -led coalition in Syria says.

The US-led coalition on Sunday said it downed the plane after it dropped bombs on American-backed forces fighting ISIL in northern Syria. In April, after the USA missile strike on a Syrian airbase, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia would suspend the 2015 agreement aimed at minimizing risks of in-flight incidents.

The White House says it retains the right to self-defence in Syria.

The new clash comes two months after the USA launched a barrage of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase that had hosted airplanes responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Idlib province.

Despite that shift, however, administration officials have not made clear the full objectives of US policy or its limits.

For several months the coalition has been backing SDF forces in a long-running attempt to capture the IS stronghold of Raqqa, where the group now holds four neighbourhoods.

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But if America has chose to use its air power to shoot down Syrian planes attacking rebels we support, this could lead to a confrontation with Russian Federation and a broader, more unsafe, and deadly war for the United States.

Both Russia and the U.S. are engaged in military action Islamic State targets in Syria. Tensions escalated on Sunday as the U.S. army brought down the jet near Raqqa and Iran launched missiles at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war. And until now the overarching United States guiding principle has been to avoid such direct conflict with Assad forces on the ground - at almost all costs.

A defense official told CNN the belief is the potential threat has escalated given recent encounters with pro-regime forces near At Tanf, as well as the downing of the Syrian aircraft. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Analysts say that more robust USA military action in Syria since President Donald Trump took office in January has resulted from his decision to give the military more autonomy in how it pursues the war on Islamic State.

Davis' statement is line with a statement issued earlier by the U.S. Central Command, which stated that the U.S. -led coalition does "not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces" but would not "hesitate to defend itself or its "partnered forces from any threat". In November, the SDF began its military offensive, closing in on Raqqa in areas north and east of the Euphrates River.

A senior USA defense official tells CNN the so-called "de-confliction line" remains open with Russian Federation. The incident was the latest skirmish between the USA -led coalition and regime forces in the increasingly tense and crowded space in Syria's north and east.

The United States has taken a series of actions over the past three months demonstrating its willingness to carry out strikes, mostly in self-defense, against Syrian government forces and their backers, including Iran.


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