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By keeping USA focus on Islamic State, Trump risks wider Syria war

By keeping USA focus on Islamic State, Trump risks wider Syria war

A USA jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked forces fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the US -led coalition in Syria says.

American officials say the Syrian jet dropped bombs near USA -backed forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - a claim the Syrian government and Russian Federation both dispute.

A day after a US Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane, Russia says it has stopped using a key communication channel set up to avoid conflict between US and Russian forces in Syria. Those forces, which are aligned with the U.S.in the campaign against the Islamic State group, warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agencies on Monday that the downing was akin to "helping the terrorists that the U.S.is fighting against". US-backed forces have encircled the city of Raqqa and captured several districts from ISIL fighters.

USA pilots operating over Syria won't hesitate to defend themselves from Russian threats, a Pentagon spokesperson said Monday in the latest escalation between the two superpowers since a US jet shot down a Syrian aircraft on Sunday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday the U.S. shootdown of the Syrian Su-22 was "an act of assistance to those terrorists whom the United States is ostensibly fighting against", according to Russia's state-run news agency Tass.




Australian air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria have been halted as a precautionary measure after a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane.

The White House also said it would work to keep lines of communication open with Russian Federation amid the new tensions. It has previously claimed it would do so following the US missile strike on a Syrian air field in April as retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad government.

Davis' statement is line with a statement issued earlier by the U.S. Central Command, which stated that the U.S. -led coalition does "not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces" but would not "hesitate to defend itself or its "partnered forces from any threat". US officials say the aircraft had struck America's rebel allies.

In a move that will fan tensions between Washington and Moscow, Russia made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the U.S. downing of the jet.

It appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to Assad. "There could be problems between it and Soheil Hassan", said the commander, referring to the Syrian officer leading the government offensive in Raqqa province.

Using the "deconfliction line", the USA asked Russian Federation to "de-escalate the situation and stop the firing". Russian Federation previously claimed that it supports the US -led coalition in Syria, even as there is evidence to suggest the Kremlin has helped to prop up the murderous Assad regime, which is responsible for gassing hundreds of innocent civilians. The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies... in fighting terrorism across its territory", it said.


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