Australia to resume anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria – defense chief

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the incident had yet to be made public, said that the drone was in the same area where US aircraft had shot down the same type of unmanned aircraft – an Iranian Shahed 129 – earlier this month.The incident happened near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where US and coalition advisers are supporting forces that are battling the Islamic State.The Russian ministry of defense responded to Sunday’s shooting by saying that it would suspend use of the de-confliction hotline with the US -backed forces, reported CNN.On Sunday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had fired mid-range ground-to-ground missiles from a site in western Iran targeting “the headquarters and meeting place and suicide vehicle assembly line” of “IS terrorists” in Deir al-Zour province.”In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition-partnered forces, [the Syrian jet] was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet”, a coalition statement read.”I can tell you it was an Iranian-made drone”, Davis said, declining to speculate on who specifically was operating it.NY [U.S.], June 20: A U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down an armed Iranian drone advancing on coalition forces in southern Syria near At Tanf, the US-led coalition said on Tuesday.The incident occurred in the same vicinity as previous conflicts with pro-regime forces, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where a contingent of USA and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. This could out USA and Russian forces in direct conflict.A Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the USA is moving toward a military confict with Russian Federation and Iran in Syria.US Air Forces Central Command, which oversees air operations in the region, did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday’s incident.”There’s no authorization for military force that Congress has passed that gives the president the ability to take military action against the Syrian regime”, said the senator, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat”.The last time the US downed a manned aircraft was in 1999, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention in Serbia, when a US Air Force F-16 shot down a MiG-29.It comes days after a U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in the north of the country, prompting a furious reaction from Russian Federation.As well as announcing that US-led coalition warplanes would be tracked, Russia’s ministry of defence suspended a hotline set up to avoid clashes between USA and Russian aircraft over Syria.On June 9, despite the series of engagements with United States forces at Al-Tanaf, the regime skirted around the base to arrive at the Iraqi border for the first time since 2015.One official said that the drone was shot down because it was “assessed to be a threat”.The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against IS when it came under fire, according to state television.”The U.S. must decide if it wants to continue to actively support its proxies in the Syria civil war”.