Australia to resume air combat missions over Syria

The Iranian-made Shaheed-129 drone was shot from the sky in the same location where another pro-regime drone dropped a dud bomb near coalition forces before it was shot down by an unidentified USA aircraft down on June 8, the us military operation fighting ISIS, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), said in a statement.

The US-led coalition said in a statement that an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed the Shahed-129 drone around 12:30 am (2130 GMT) northeast of the Al-Tanaf garrison, which is close to the Jordanian border.

"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", the Department of Defence said here in a statement.

Australia is part of the coalition fighting the IS in Iraq and in late 2015 extended air operations into Syria, with a total of 780 defence personnel based in the Middle East.

Russia, like Iran an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, issued a warning of its own to the United States in response to the downing of the Syrian jet, saying on Monday it would view as targets any planes flying west of the Euphrates River, though it stopped short of saying it would shoot any down.

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Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said coalition aircraft would continue to conduct "operations throughout Syria, targeting ISIS forces and providing air support for Coalition partner forces on the ground", and that their operations would not be changed in light of the Russian threat. Moscow has not received any explanations from Washington over the downing of the Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane by the US-led coalition, except those that were expressed publicly, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

He says: "We are not the initiator of any conflict and war but we do not tolerate creation of insecurity in our country".

The U.S. has also suspended talks with Russian Federation over resolution of the Syrian conflict.

Binskin said the fighter jets had been occupied recently supporting Iraqi security forces in retaking the city of Mosul, so the suspension had little effect on their operations.

However, the Pentagon states that the Syrian jet had dropped bombs near US partner forces involved in the fight to extract Raqqa from Islamic State (ISIS) control.

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A U.S. F/A-18E off the USS George H.W. Bush in the Mediterranean then fired an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile at the Syrian jet, but the Su-22 had deployed flares causing the missile to miss.

"They were threatening our forces on the ground", the United States official quoted by AFP said.

A Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. is moving toward a military confict with Russian Federation and Iran in Syria. That's a questionable line of argument, particularly as unlike the recent strikes around al-Tanf, there's no indication that there was a USA troop presence nearby-only Kurdish SDF forces. Send Secretary of State Tillerson to Moscow to make it clear to Putin that chemical weapon use or attacks on forces fighting ISIS will be met with military retaliation; it will be Russia's responsibility to keep Assad in line.

Meanwhile, the USA and Russian militaries swapped accusations about an unsafe intercept involving a US spy plane and a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea.

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