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US Troops In Al-Tanf, Downing of Iranian-Made Regime Drone

26 Juin 2017

"I can tell you it was an Iranian-made drone", Davis said, declining to speculate on who specifically was operating it.

The incident comes two days after an American F/A-18 warplane allegedly shot down a Syrian fighter Su-22 near the Syrian city of Taqba in the southern Raqqa area. A statement from Operation Inherent Resolve said: "Following the pro-Syrian forces' attack, the coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established deconfliction line to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

The drone was shot down by a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft at about 12:30 a.m.

"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. According to Washington sources, the jet had bombed US -backed forces.

In an indirect reference to Iranian-backed forces that have been gathering in the eastern desert region, a USA -led coalition statement cited a recent escalation of tensions and said it would not "tolerate any hostile intent and action of pro-regime forces".

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

A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russian Federation warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets.

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.

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Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the USA military shot down the Shahed 129 as it approached an established coalition combat outpost near al-Tanf in southeast Syria, where the holding training sessions for local fighters against the Islamic State group, VOA reported.

Raising concerns over what he called "a risky escalation", the lawmaker said it wasn't in American interests to get involved in Syria's civil war. They are making their way through the outskirts of Raqqa, backed by USA -led coalition airstrikes.

We did absolutely the right thing when we shot down the Syrian plane that threatened our allies. Yesterday, the USA coalition announced that it had shot down a Syrian regime plane which was bombing predominantly Kurdish SDF positions.

These incidents, however, are tactical, not part of any United States strategy in Syria, analysts said.

Australia's military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by United States forces. If the U.S. seeks to defend rebel forces that it supports by that very fact it is bound to fight the Syrian regime whenever the regime comes into conflict with those forces.

Despite the recent violence, USA officials stressed they have no plans to escalate fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Washington also described those strikes as self-defense.

US Troops In Al-Tanf, Downing of Iranian-Made Regime Drone