U.S. says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

Cesar Mills
June 20, 2017

A USA fighter jet has shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone just outside the Syrian de-confliction zone, U.S. officials say. They said that the USA did not pursue a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters. The US said it shot down the plane to defend the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a rebel group which is fighting ISIS on the outskirts of Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in northeast Syria.

The statement from pentagon, pro-Syrian forces attacked the US -baked Syrian Democratic Forces held town of Ja'Din, South of Tabqah in the northern Syria, acerbic a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.

Ozerov insisted that Russia will be tracking the coalition's jets, not shooting them down, but he added that "a threat for those jets may appear only if they take action that pose a threat to Russian aircraft".

Russian Federation also denied the USA had used a communications channel before the Su-22 fighter bomber was shot down, as claimed by the US military.

On April 7, Trump authorized a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the regime against civilians.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Washington is working to re-establish communications aimed at avoiding mishaps involving USA and Russian air operations in Syria.

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Moscow says it will "target" United States coalition aircraft in the west of Syria's Euphrates River after U.S. downed a Syrian jet. The muscle-flexing comes amid the worsening of a long-running feud between Shiite powerhouse Iran and Saudi Arabia, with supports Syrian rebels and has led recent efforts to isolate the Gulf nation of Qatar. Israel also is concerned about Iran's missiles and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.

The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the USA -led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The Iranian-made Shahed 129 is the same type that was shot down earlier this month after it dropped a "dud" munition near a patrol being carried out by coalition troops and local forces.

It's the latest twist in a conflict that one analyst has described as undergoing a "dramatic escalation" as an "uneasy battlefield coexistence" between forces with competing aims proves impossible to maintain.

The aircraft alliance conducted a show of force and stopped the early pro-regime advance toward the town, this is said by the Pentagon.

The pause was a "precautionary measure", the government said, without giving details.

Other reports by GizPress

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