Aus flies out of Syria amid US-Russia tensions

The Donald Trump led country also shot down a pro Syrian government armed drone earlier this month after it fired at US-coalition forces near the al-Tanf border crossing, between Syria and Iraq.The Australians, who have six F-18F Super Hornets flying strike missions as part of the USA -led coalition out of the UAE, have also decided that this is a problem and have suspended their participation in air strikes altogether.Moscow’s foreign ministry said: “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] of the worldwide coalition, detected to the west of the Euphrates river will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets”. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which include Arab and Kurdish fighters and are supported with air strikes by a US-led coalition, began an offensive two weeks ago to seize the northern city from Islamic State, which overran it in 2014.The U.S. failure to coordinate with local forces prior to Sunday’s downing of a Syrian warplane infuriated Russian Federation, which called the attack “a cynical violation of Syria’s sovereignty” as well as “a flagrant violation of worldwide law and an actual military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic”.Meanwhile, the US and Russian militaries swapped accusations about an unsafe intercept involving a USA spy plane and a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea.The US and coalition forces have tried to steer clear of the Syrian troops of the embattled government of President Assad.The spokesman also noted that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a regime SU-22 jet on June 18 in defense of coalition-partnered forces that were operating within an agreed-upon regime SDF de-confliction area.As a result of the threat, Australia said on Tuesday it would suspend its military campaign. A U.S military official told AFP the drone was “on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them”, so the coalition shot the unmanned aircraft down in self-defense. The Iranian drone that was shot down Tuesday was outside the deconfliction area, the official said.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.However, there are serious concerns being expressed in the Pentagon that the United States could be dragged into a wider regional conflict, not just with Syria but Iran.Last week, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces who fought their way to the Syrian border expressed their hope to deliver supplies to Syrian government forces in the besieged city of Deir-al-Zor, where Islamic State group holdouts are clinging to one of their last strongholds. The Pentagon said as much, yesterday.”As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased”, a defence spokeswoman said in a statement.Moscow is certainly angry the USA downed the Syrian Su-22 jet, but no one is ready to start a war with America over the issue.