Monday, 18 June, 2018

Australia to resume airstrikes in Syria

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Kenny Thornton | 28 June, 2017, 21:07

Meanwhile, Syria has slammed the incident as a "flagrant attack".

USA and Syrian forces largely had stayed out of each other's way before, because the United States operated mostly in eastern Syria and the government forces mostly in western Syria. He is acting to protect his assets.

Syrian state television, quoting army sources, said they had resumed the offensive, which took place as USA and Russian officials were holding another round of secret talks on creating a "de-escalation zone" in southwestern Syria that would include Daraa.

The larger problem, the officials and analysts said, is that Trump and his national security team have not advanced a long-term political strategy for Syria's future.

American forces and their allies are focused on fighting the Islamic State.

"They were threatening our forces on the ground", the United States official quoted by AFP said. Once ISIS is gone, we should neither aid nor oppose Assad's internal enemies, but we should not allow the Kurds to be left at the mercy of Turkey, Syria or Iraq. "Our most capable allies are the (Kurdish) peshmerga, but Turkey, who is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and host to an airbase that is central to our efforts, considers the Kurds enemies". "The foreign minister, on the other hand, said 'everybody needs to take a step back and work to de-escalate the situation'".

Are the U.S. and Russian Federation headed for a conflict in Syria?

Two days earlier, an American FA-18 shot down a Syrian SU-22 warplane that had dropped bombs near American-backed fighters combating the Islamic State.

A top United States general said the country would work to relaunch the "deconfliction" hotline established in 2015, after Russian Federation said Washington had failed to use the line - a vital incident-prevention tool - before targeting the plane near Raqa. It stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

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"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", a defence spokeswoman said in a statement.

Both the United States and Russian Federation contend their forces are in Syria to fight ISIS.

Iran says it attacked IS fighters in eastern Syria with long-range missiles on Sunday.

Elsewhere, government air and artillery bombardments hit rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Deraa after a two-day ceasefire expired, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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

The U.S-led coalition said in a statement that an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed the Shaheed-129 drone around 12:30 am local time close to the Jordanian border.

"From now on, in areas where Russian aviation performs combat missions in the skies of Syria, any airborne objects found west of the Euphrates River, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles belonging to the global coalition, tracked by means of Russian land and air anti-aircraft defense, will be considered air targets", CNN reported citing the Defense Ministry statement.

US Air Forces Central Command, which oversees air operations in the region, did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday's incident.

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