Australia suspends airstrikes in Syria after USA downs Syrian jet

Nov. 21 2016 a U.S. Navy fighter jet takes off from the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier

Nov. 21 2016 a U.S. Navy fighter jet takes off from the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier

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. The US said it shot down the plane to defend the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a rebel group which is fighting ISIS on the outskirts of Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in northeast Syria.

The downing of the warplane - the first time in the six-year conflict that the USA has shot down a Syrian jet - came amid another first: Iran fired several ballistic missiles Sunday night at IS positions in eastern Syria in what it said was a message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States.

With myriad competing forces quickly converging in Syria, and new powers delegated to Trump's commanders, the risk of additional confrontation is real.

It is said in a statement by the USA led alliance headquarters in Iraq that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the US partner forces, which is known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

A USA official told AFP the pilot of the Syrian plane appeared to have ejected before the jet was hit, though his fate was unknown.

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The drone - built by Iran for the Syrian regime - was downed near the Syrian-Iraq border at about 12.30am today.

Pavel Felgenhauer, a military analyst and columnist in Moscow, said that the development was a risky escalation, but the sides did not want to take real action against each other.

Speaking in Washington, the top USA military officer said the two sides were in delicate discussions to lower tensions.

"Given recent events, the coalition will not allow pro-regime aircraft to threaten or approach in close proximity to coalition and partnered forces", it said.

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.

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The Pentagon has repeatedly stressed it has no interest in increasing its role in Syria's civil war, and that its sole focus is on defeating IS.

Officials emphasize the strikes were all conducted in self-defense after pro-regime forces ignored warnings. The agreement covers four zones in Syria where the rebels are fighting pro-government forces.

Many analysts see Iran's hand behind this push towards eastern Syria and the Iraqi border.

A Syrian fighter plane was taken down by an American aircraft near the Rakka Province, confirmed the US Army.

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