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United States fighter jet shoots down 2nd Iranian-made drone over Syria

United States fighter jet shoots down 2nd Iranian-made drone over Syria

And on Monday, a USA fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone in southeastern Syria.

The incident came as Russian Federation once again protested against repeated US actions against forces allied with Syria and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the incidents could be "very dangerous" and cause an escalation of the war.

The Russian defense ministry says in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the USA -led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets.

Last week, another Iranian-made drone flown by pro-regime forces was shot down after it dropped munitions close to USA and partner forces.

The Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the Shaheed 129 drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces on June 20.

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Abdullah argued that the USA position is being weakened by splits within the Trump administration over Syria policy. The Iranian drone that was shot down Tuesday was outside of the deconfliction area, the official said.

"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", Australia's Department of Defense said in a statement, adding its operations in Iraq would continue as part of the coalition".

"Hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-Daesh operations will not be tolerated", the coalition statement read.

Russian Federation said Monday it was suspending its co-operative mechanism with the U.S.in response to the downing of the Syrian warplane and threatened to shoot down enemy aircraft over Syrian government-held territory in the west. Compounding the problem, Russian Federation pledged to treat all US aircraft in Syria west of the Euphrates river as "targets" that would be tracked by their aerial defense systems deployed inside the country.

The U.S. military is training its local allied forces near Syria's border with Iraq and Jordan.

The growing tensions come as the coalition supports the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting to take Raqa from IS.

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In what it called a "precautionary measure", Australia became the first coalition member to suspend flights in Syria, claiming it's too unsafe for its planes to fly without the agreement, according to BBC. The Russian military department also ceased to cooperate with the USA in the framework of the memorandum on the prevention of incidents in the sky over Syria.

US anti-ISIS strategy in Syria relies on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group largely composed of Kurdish fighters.

Meanwhile Iran's military said Sunday that it has launched several medium range ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting ISIS fighters in retaliation for twin attacks that rocked Tehran on June 7. The Iranian drone that was shot down Tuesday was outside of the deconfliction area, the official said.

The deconfliction zone is an area in which USA and Russian forces have agreed not to operate.

One official said that the drone was shot down because it was "assessed to be a threat". Russian Federation previously closed its end of the line for a period of time after the USA bombed the Syrian Shayrat airbase in April in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians, including children, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

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It marks the second time that forces supporting the Syrian government have attacked or tracked inside a so-called "deconfliction" zone near At Tanf, close to the Jordanian border.


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