Russian Federation threatens to shoot down United States, coalition aircraft in Syria

The downing of the Syrian bomber marked the first time in the six-year civil war that the USA had shot down a Syrian aircraft.Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov condemned the attack, branding it an act of aggression which actually helped the terrorists the USA is fighting against. That changed when two different groups of USA -supported rebels launched separate campaigns for control of Raqqah and Dair Alzour, provinces of eastern Syria in which Islamic State holds significant territory.Analysts say neither Washington nor President Bashar al-Assad’s regime appear to be seeking further confrontation, but warn that the risks are high in Syria’s increasingly crowded battlefields. Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.Two hours later, the US military said it shot down the Syrian warplane, acting “in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces”.The incident is seen as the latest skirmish between the US-led coalition and regime forces in Syria’s northern and eastern region. It also issued what appeared a threat to target USA coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River.In the first high-level USA public comments about the situation, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday the former Cold War foes are in delicate discussions to restore normalcy to communications and maintain focus on fighting IS instead of each other.Tensions escalated on Sunday as the US military brought down the jet near Raqqa for bombing near USA -allied forces on the ground, and Iran launched missiles at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria – the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war. The threat posed by the government plane forced US naval intelligence to sortie out and shoot down the belligerent aircraft.Russian Federation said it would now “end co-operation with the American side”. The Syrian pilot catapulted into an area controlled by Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant] terrorists.Damascus stated that the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State terrorists when it was downed. Coalition officials confirmed there were no casualties from the attack but declined to comment on whether Iran had launched the drone. A number of SDF fighters were wounded in the assault, and the SDF soon left Ja’Din.The U.S. military said it was repositioning its aircraft over Syria to ensure the safety of American air crews targeting Islamic State.The truce that went into effect Saturday came after some of the worst fighting in months between rebels and pro-government forces. The attack drove the SDF from Ja’Din, which is west of Raqqa, the coalition statement said.Once that territory is retaken – and Islamic State militants are gone – the White House will have to decide whether it will continue to deepen its involvement and protect its partners against Assad’s forces and their backers.