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Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russian Federation warning

21 Juin 2017

The incident comes on the heels of a U.S. Navy attack on a piloted Syrian Su-22 jet in the Southern Raqqa countryside and indicates an increasingly assertive stance by the U.S., which is yet to spell out a coherent policy in Syria.

Australia is part of a US-led coalition that has been waging war against IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

"Talks were already launched between the USA and Russian Federation concerning the need that Iranian-backed militias and regime forces move from the area where they lately advanced in northern al-Tanf to allow us to resume the military operation against ISIS", al-Tala also said.

Moscow is still waiting for explanations from the United States on the aircraft of the Syrian Armed Forces shot down in Syria, Lavrov said Tuesday after talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of hundreds of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped establish the IS branch in Libya.

The U.S. failure to coordinate with local forces prior to Sunday's downing of a Syrian warplane infuriated Russian Federation, which called the attack "a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty" as well as "a flagrant violation of worldwide law and an actual military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic".

"The armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a US F-15E Strike Eagle in northeastern al-Tanf position after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces", the coalition said. The U.S. argues that it does not seek to fight the Syrian government or its global allies, and that attacks are launched in "self-defense".

"This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8", the US military says. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed.

"The situation is back as it was in Daraa city and fighting is ongoing", said Daraa-based opposition activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh.

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Asked Tuesday whether the hotline was no longer being used, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said he could not discuss the matter beyond saying the USA stands ready to use the line.

"In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition-partnered forces, [the Syrian jet] was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet", a coalition statement read.

Daraa is where the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's four-decade rule began. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

In a move that will fan tensions between Washington and Moscow, Russia made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the USA downing of the jet.

Syrian government forces have also been attacking IS in northern, central and southern parts of the country, seizing 25,000 square kilometers (9,600 square miles) and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

That presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with President Bashar Assad and has partnered instead with local Kurdish-led forces.

"That would be another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War", he said. The US has already responded by shooting down an Iranian drone near Tanf today, which is just adding to concerns that this war is about to get a lot bigger, and a lot more complicated, than it already was.

Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russian Federation warning