US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

The ministry also called on the USA military to provide a full account of why it made a decision to shoot down the Syrian SU-22.

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down the drone "after it displayed hostile intent" while approaching a military camp near the Syria-Jordan border. "This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8".

It marked the second time in three days US forces have shot down an aircraft operated by Damascus or its allies in Syria, and reflected mounting tensions over a stretch of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier where USA forces have established a base.

"I don't think there's any real sense of what to do, beyond defending US troops and partner forces".

"There is a de-confliction mechanism in place with Russian forces to reduce uncertainty in this highly contested space and mitigate the chances of strategic miscalculation".

Sam Heller, a Syria expert at The Century Foundation think-tank, said the regime was provoking confrontations, but neither side appeared to want a major escalation.

"I'm confident that we are still communicating between our operations centre and the Russian Federation's operations centre".

A close look at the map shows that pro-Assad troops have placed themselves in key locations in the anti-IS battle, while staying close to the USA -backed Kurdish forces who lead the ground offensive.

The latest stoush between with Putin over Syria began dramatically on Sunday when the USA shot down a Syrian jet in countryside south of Raqqa, a stronghold of IS.

Russian Federation responded by saying its surface-to-air missile systems in Syria would hereby track manned and unmanned aircraft from the USA -led anti-ISIS coalition if they go west of the Euphrates River.

The missiles fired by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Sunday targeted IS in Deir al-Zor province, fast becoming the jihadists' last remaining foothold in Syria and a declared military priority of Tehran's allies in the Syrian government.

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Hernandez is a U.S. European Command spokesman. "Now, Col. Fahd is in hospital and nothing threatens his life", the source said.

Sharif says the missile launch reflects Iran's "military power" though Iran has no intention of starting another war. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

Marine General Joseph Dunford said there were still communications between a USA air operations centre in Qatar and Russian forces on the ground in Syria, adding: "We'll work diplomatically and military in the coming hours to re-establish deconfliction".

Aron Lund, also a fellow at the Century Foundation, said that even though Russian Federation and the USA may not be interested in an escalation, it is not a given that they can help their allies in Syria avoid it.

The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of thousands of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped establish the IS branch in Libya. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed.

The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"The situation is back as it was in Daraa city and fighting is ongoing", said Daraa-based opposition activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh.

"I think that it was just that the regime engaged in a provocation and then a lower-rung U.S. commander responded in self-defence", he said of Sunday's incident.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces pushed on Tuesday into some rebel-held areas in Daraa, as well as its western outskirts.

Syria's war began in March 2011 with anti-government protests that spiralled into a complex and devastating conflict that has killed more than 320,000 people. Sunday's shoot down near the Syrian city of Raqqa was the first time the U.S. had shot down a nation's warplane in air-to-air combat in 25 years, Pentagon officials said.

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