Russian Federation will target coalition jets in parts of Syria, defence ministry says

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal after the US military confirmed that it downed a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near USA partner forces.

A day after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane, Russian Federation on June 19 warned that it would target any us -led coalition jets and drones that are discovered "west of the Euphrates River".

The mounting violence around Raqqa and Syria's eastern border region illustrates the difficulty facing the administration as it seeks to simultaneously accomplish several sometimes conflicting tasks: fight Islamic State, coordinate and defend Syrian rebel groups that are trying to overthrow the government, and counter the influence of Iran, which, with Russian Federation, has backed the Assad government. Syria's army disputed the account, saying its plane was hit while "conducting a mission against the terrorist Islamic State group".

In a sign of the deepening complexity of the brutal civil war, the USA air force downed a Syrian Su-22 plane on Sunday after it dropped bombs near the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting IS.

"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", Australia's Department of Defence said in a statement. The official also says the USA does not believe Russian Federation is targeting U.S. planes at this time.

Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts "to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing", according to the statement.

Thomas said the new powers would not have played any role in the recent decisions to attack pro-regime forces, as these were all ordered in self-defense.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria's war, said government forces expanded their presence in Raqqa province by capturing from IS the town of Rasafa. "The SDF is getting big-headed", said the pro-Damascus military commander, a non-Syrian who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. In November, the SDF began its military offensive, closing in on Raqqa in areas north and east of the Euphrates River.

The Russians also at least temporarily halted use of the hotline aimed at preventing accidental mid-air conflicts - just as it did after the April U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airfield in response to yet another Assad chemical weapons attack on his people. USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces are taking the lead in the offensive, but so are Russian-backed Syrian army forces and pro-Assad militias.

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The Syrian army has also taken territory from retreating ISIL fighters in the western Raqqa countryside and seized back some oilfields and villages that had been under the group's control for nearly three years.

State TV posted black and white aerial video on their website on Monday which they labelled as the moment of impact of the attack.

Earlier on Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had said the talks would be held on 10 July. Israel also is concerned about Iran's missiles and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.

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