U.S. shoots down another pro-regime drone in Syria

Damascus and its allies have long argued that they are the essential partner to any worldwide effort in Syria, portraying all opposition forces as terrorist groups.The jet was downed on Sunday evening after regime forces targeted the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling IS.The announcement from Canberra came as a brief, two-day truce collapsed in the southern Syrian city of Daraa and nearby areas where government forces have gained ground.He says: “We are not the initiator of any conflict and war but we do not tolerate creation of insecurity in our country”.The United States, he added, “is dealing with it defensively and reactively”.It was an Iranian-made Shahed 129 and was thought to be armed and in firing range of U.S. troops.It was the latest skirmish between the coalition and regime forces in the increasingly tense and crowded space in Syria’s north and east. Taking Sukhna would cut the militants’ supply line to the border with Iraq.Tuesday’s statement from the global coalition stressed that the worldwide effort remained focused on ISIS but said that coalition forces had the right to self-defense.The threat came after a U.S. Navy fighter aircraft shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday, an act that the Pentagon explained as a defensive measure to protect U.S. allies who are pressuring Islamic State in its stronghold of Raqqa.The incident has similar hallmarks to a June 8 shoot-down, when a U.S. F-15 destroyed a pro-regime drone after it dropped what turned out to be a dud bomb near USA -backed local forces. Syrian military officers described it as a major achievement that boosts the coordination of border security between Iraq and Syria.But their presence there has led to a series of confrontations with pro-regime forces, including on June 8 when a U.S. plane also downed a drone after it dropped munitions near Al-Tanaf.The military said Binali was killed in Mayadeen, an IS-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border.Australia is part of the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Iraq.The advances also opened the way for cooperation among Syrian, Iranian-backed fighters and the Iraq Popular Mobilization Units for any moves against Deir el-Zour.Despite the recent violence, USA officials stressed they have no plans to escalate fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Russian Federation condemned the US action and in retaliation suspended a hotline meant to prevent such incidents.Abdullah argued that the US position is being weakened by splits within the Trump administration over Syria policy.Coalition forces are using the Al-Tanaf base by Syria’s borders with Jordan and Iraq to train anti-jihadist Syrian fighters and stage attacks against IS.That incident prompted the Russian ministry of defense to announce that it would suspend the de-confliction hotline with the coalition which is created to prevent any accidents in the skies over Syria.Advances by the Syria-Russia-Iran axis offer the US a way out of a bind over how to handle what follows the retaking of Raqqa.