US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

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US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

"If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate ... and defend our forces", Selo said, accusing the government and its allies of trying to obstruct the Raqqa offensive.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the eastern neighborhood of Jobar was struck on Tuesday by 12 airstrikes, adding that government forces are trying to push into the area. The 48-hour truce that had started there at noon Saturday was supposed to be extended. He is blaming the government for the truce's collapse.

The military move followed after angry condemnation from Kremlin, which has always been an ally of the incumbent Syrian President Bashar Al- Assad.

The US military failed to use the communication line with Russia concerning this attack, despite the fact that Russian warplanes were also on a mission in Syrian airspace at the time, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

They said that the US did not pursue a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters.

"Australian Defense Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats", a spokesman told local media.

The remarks came amid questions whether the strike - Iran's first in the Syrian war - had been effective. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

"This is a risk that I am sure other countries participating in the global coalition share".

More than 320,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced since Syria's conflict broke out in March 2011.

The US-led coalition issued a statement alleging that Syrian aircraft attacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions, explaining that the coalition downed the Syrian jet as a part of "collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces".

"In an email to NPR, Australia's Department of Defense says it will make a decision on rejoining the U.S-led air campaign in due course", NPR's Alison Meuse reports from Beirut. However, the ongoing operations in Iraq would remain unaffected.

The United States and Russian Federation, which has been providing an air cover for Syria's President Bashar Assad since 2015 in his offensive against the Islamic State group, have a standing agreement that should prevent in-the-air incidents involving USA and Russian Federation jets engaged in operations in Syria.

An American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down the SyrianSU-22 as it "dropped bombs near SDF fighters" south of the town of Tabqa, the coalition said in a statement.Russia's defence minister said the pilot ejected "above IS-controlled territories" and that his fate is unknown.

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