United States will work to restore deconfliction link with Russian Federation in Syria

20 June, 2017, 12:56 | Author: Valerie Burke

An American fighter jet has for the first time downed a Syrian warplane that Washington accused of attacking US-backed fighters, in a new escalation between the United States and regime forces.

"The command of the coalition forces did not use the established communication channel for preventing incidents in Syrian airspace", the defence ministry said.

Later, the coalition confirmed the attack saying that it shot down the Syrian government forces' Su-22 aircraft as it had allegedly been bombing in an area where US-backed rebel forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), were stationed, south of Tabqa in the Raqqa province.

The Russian Defense Ministry called the attack an act of "military aggression" and pledged to halt cooperation with USA forces in response.

From now on, all aircraft and drones of the coalition detected west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by Russian air- and ground-based air defense systems as targets, the ministry warned. The conflagration in Syria is starting to worsen as SDF fighters and Assad forces are slowly destroying ISIS positions in Syria, leaving no common enemy to fight against.

Earlier, Syrian forces attacked Coalition fighters in Ja'Din, wounding a number of fighters and driving them from the town.

Iran also launched missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria yesterday - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided conflict. Australia has temporarily halted air missions following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by USA forces. Coalition aircraft will continue flying throughout Syria, although some assets will be repositioned, said Col. Ryan Dillon, a coalition spokesman.

As CNSNews.com reported, the us downed a Syrian plane flying over Syria after the regime of Bashar al-Assad dropped bombs near USA -backed rebels near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

Dunford said that if Russian Federation is serious about eliminating the IS, it should understand that it is necessary to work to reduce tensions in Syria, where the United States has increased its presence by deploying elite ground forces.

The incident further complicates the country's six-year war and comes as a US-led coalition and allied fighters battle to oust the Islamic State group from its Syrian bastion Raqa.

Earlier Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov compared the downing to "helping the terrorists that the United States is fighting against". The threat posed by the government plane forced USA naval intelligence to sortie out and shoot down the belligerent aircraft.

Ryabkov asked: "What is this, if not an act of aggression?" In April, the Kremlin temporarily suspended its involvement in the pact after a USA missile strike in Syria, the Washington Post reported.

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