US Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone in Syria That “Displayed Hostile Intent”

An Iranian-made drone was shot down by a US F-15 fighter jet in southern Syria, near At Tanf, the US-led coalition said.The push by the Syrian government forces in the Daraa area appears headed for the Jordanian border, two weeks after Assad’s troops reached the border with Iraq for the first time in years.United States forces said the drone was sacked on after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces”, U.S. forces said in a statement.Today, an US F-15E fighter jet has shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone over the At Tanf area.It said it does not tolerate what it described as “the demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces” against the coalition forces and its partners in Syria.That drone was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition personnel are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS. The decision came amid increasing tension between the U.S. and Russian Federation, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential “targets”.As a result, it said, Russia has stopped using a key “de-confliction” communication channel set up to avoid conflict between USA and Russian forces in Syria.The incident follows Sunday’s downing of a Syrian SU-22, a Russian-made attack jet.”The US position militarily is weaker and any sign of lack of unity within the worldwide anti-ISIS coalition can only be good news for Russian Federation and the Syrian regime”.Australia’s military is suspending the airstrikes that it had been carrying out against the Islamic State as part of a US -led coalition in Syria, one day after Russian Federation criticized the USA downing of a Syrian warplane and threatened to target coalition aircraft in a wide swath of Syria.The dispute over the Syrian attack on the US -backed fighters and the American response came as Iran launched ballistic missiles at Islamic State strongholds in eastern Syria in retaliation for a pair of attacks by extremists in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people.Washington said it would “work diplomatically and reestablish deconfliction” but Moscow continued to take a hard line even before the latest incident.US -backed Syrian militias closed in on Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on Wednesday, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling the city, a militia spokesman told Reuters.Besides allowing national Republicans to exhale, Handel ended a personal losing streak, including failed primary bids for governor in 2010 and the U.S. Senate in 2014. That’s a questionable line of argument, particularly as unlike the recent strikes around al-Tanf, there’s no indication that there was a US troop presence nearby-only Kurdish SDF forces. And what we may be witnessing now are the opening shots of its next phase – the battle for control of the territory and population liberated by the fall of Raqqa and the death of the ISIS “caliphate”. Spicer said the US has the right to defend its coalition partners.