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Australia to resume airstrikes in Syria

Ten days earlier, June 8, a US Air Force F-15E shot down an Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone, which is roughly the same size as the iconic American Predator, after it dropped bombs near a position held by US-backed Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra anti-IS fighters in Al-Tanf, on Syria’s southern border with Jordan.Australia joined the US-led coalition in Syria in September 2015, but did not carry out any operations in the country between March and May this year, according to the defence department.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the incidents could be “very dangerous” and lead to an escalation of the war.Australia has suspended air combat missions over Syria after Russian Federation had threatened that it would treat any plane from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates River as a potential target. The regime may be trying to re-establish trade links between Iraq and parts of Syria or even for troops and supplies to come from Iran.The coalition said on Tuesday it had killed ISIL’s self-proclaimed top cleric. “You are not just fighting Bashar al-Assad”, Murphy said.”The absence of a civilian-led USA strategy in Syria and the narrow United States military focus on ISIS will continue to provide an open invite for the pro-Assad regime coalition to extend and escalate”, Cafarella said.A United States military official told AFP the drone was “on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them” and was shot down in self-defence.On June 8, a USA fighter jet shot down another Iranian-made drone that dropped a bomb near forces patrolling the base at Tanf.Moscow has not received any explanations from Washington over the downing of the Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane by the US-led coalition, except those that were expressed publicly, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Their statement then said that they do not pursue conflicts with Russian or Syrian regimes, or factions which are associated with their regimes.The increasing tensions in Syria have highlighted the dangers of the USA strategy in Syria, or lack thereof, where committed regional forces and allies aligned with the government have made vast strides toward ending the brutal civil war while the United States has backed the anti-government Syrian Democratic Forces and Free Syria Army, periodically attacking Syrian government forces on the dubious pretext of “self-defense”.Press secretary Sean Spicer said the president was being briefed on the situation in Syria and the United States was keeping “lines of communication open” with Moscow.Meanwhile, US General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a day earlier that Washington was working to restore a “deconfliction” line with Moscow meant to avoid mid-air collisions over Syria.Mosser says Russia’s intentions are unclear and conflicting.”There has been neither a Security Council decision, nor a request from the official authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic as a sovereign state”, Russia’s Interfax news reported.Tanf has been used by Western special forces as well as Syrian rebel forces.