Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids


In Tuesday s incident, the US-led coalition said an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed an armed Shahed-129 drone in the early hours of the morning as it neared the Al-Tanaf base along Syria s eastern border.

Carla Babb, the Pentagon correspondent for Voice of America (VOA) tweeted Tuesday saying the sources have confirmed that the Iranian-made drone shot down by the us fighter jet was being operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The US-led coalition said the location was close to where another pro-regime drone, which intelligence sources had also identified as Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces. That is where US forces have been training and advising local Syrian Arabs for the fight against Islamic State militants.

U.S.' downing of the Iranian drone came on the same day when Australia announced it is temporarily suspending airstrikes by its forces in Syria after a threat from Russian Federation.

USA -led coalition aircraft will be "tracked by the Russian ground and air anti-aircraft defense systems as air targets in the areas where Russian aviation is on combat missions in the Syrian sky", it added.

Russia, also an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, issued a warning of its own to the United States in response to the downing of the Syrian jet, saying on Monday it would view as targets any planes flying west of the Euphrates River, though it stopped short of saying it would shoot any down.

On Thursday the ADF announced it would resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

In a statement, the Syrian army said that the "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its fighting terrorism across its territory".

"Public statements aside, we have not seen the Russians do any actions that cause us concern".

Sharif said the missile launch reflected Iran's "military power", though Iran has no intention of starting another war.

In return, the USA will slowly ease away from any mention of regime change in Syria, will not interfere with Putin in Syria as long as Syria leaves Israel alone, and will not oppose a Russian naval port in Syria. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed.

Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the district since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker.

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

He has survived six years of war and largely defeated the uprising against his family's four-decade rule.

This month, pro-Assad Shiite militiamen fired on American troops in Syria for the first time.

A map showing aerial confrontations in Syria.