Australia suspends air strikes in Syria after US downing of Syrian jet

Australia suspends air strikes in Syria after US downing of Syrian jet

Australia suspends air strikes in Syria after US downing of Syrian jet

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that as of Monday, all coalition jets and drones flying west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets.

There are fears Canadian military aircraft operating over Syria could be caught in the middle of a new and potentially explosive dispute between the USA and Russian Federation.

The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped bombs near the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the Pentagon said.

Moscow also declared it would suspend the use of a military hotline meant to avoid conflicts between the USA and Russian military campaigns in Syria.

Throughout Syria's six-and-a-half year civil war, the United States has supported rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad's government and extremist groups like IS, while Russian Federation has backed Assad.

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The Russian Defense Ministry said it was also scrapping a Syrian air safety agreement with Washington created to avoid collisions and unsafe incidents with immediate effect.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called the shoot down an "act of aggression".

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The Pentagon statement said the coalition did "not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat".

In a separate incident, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had launched several missiles from Iran into eastern Syria on Sunday, targeting IS fighters.

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The incident was the 1st time the United States has engaged in air-to-air combat in Syria.

This weekend's fast-paced developments bring new urgency to easing escalating strains between Washington and Moscow, who are both fighting in Syria but with opposing objectives. Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.

"The new Trump administration is testing Russia's alliance with Iran and the Russians are testing the resolve of the new administration in the sense of how much it wants to invest in the new Middle East's most hard and brutal civil war", Heras said.

A rebel fighter takes away a flag that belonged to Islamic State militants in Akhtarin village, after rebel fighters advanced in the area, in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 7, 2016.

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The Syrians assert that the plane attacked the ISIS terrorist group. "If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate", SDF spokesman Talal Silo said. He said government forces began attacking SDF on Saturday, using warplanes, artillery and tanks in areas that SDF had liberated from IS.

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Saturday , there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 80, the weather service said. Saturday is expected to be cooler with a high near 81 amid a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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