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Australia to resume anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria - defense chief

23 Juin 2017

The incident follows the US downing of a piloted Syrian Army jet near Raqqa after it dropped bombs near USA -backed forces over the weekend, an incident that prompted a warning from Syria ally Russian Federation.

Beirut- The Syrian scene lately witnessed several escalatory messages exchanged between the US, Russia and Iran, pushing Washington on Tuesday to call for more troops to al-Tanf military camp in the southeast of Syria as the US-led International Coalition succeeded to down an Iranian-made drone operated by the regime.

"Talks were already launched between the United States 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.

"It is absolutely illegal", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Tuesday of the presence of American forces in Syria.

Sunday's downing of a regime jet prompted the Russian ministry of defense to announce that it would suspend the de-confliction hotline with the coalition, which is created to prevent any accidents in the skies over Syria.

The U.S. on Sunday shot down a Syrian jet for the first time during the conflict near Raqqa after it dropped bombs near the U.S. -allied Syrian Democratic Forces, which are battling IS.

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Russian Federation said on Monday it would treat US -led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down. The Pentagon also described those strikes as self-defense.

The U.S. military meanwhile confirmed Tuesday that top IS cleric Turki al-Binali was killed in a coalition airstrike on May 31, in Mayadeen, Syria.

But their presence there has led to a series of confrontations with pro-regime forces, including on June 8 when a U.S. plane also downed a drone after it dropped munitions near Al-Tanaf.

Sharif says the missile launch reflects Iran's "military power" though Iran has no intention of starting another war.

A Syrian military official in Damascus said the truce was not extended. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. The conflict quickly descended into a civil war, which has since left at least 400,000 people dead. "We continue to operate, making some adjustments for prudent measures", Davis said on June 20. Israeli security officials said Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities.

Australian warplanes will soon resume airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, according to the country's defense chief. The U.S. and its coalition allies - which include the U.K., France, Libya and Saudi Arabia - are indeed fighting against the Islamic State.

Australia to resume anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria - defense chief