Russia Draws A Line Across Syria After US Shoots Down Syrian Jet

Postado Junho 20, 2017

According to Russian defense ministry statement obtained by the Financial Times, "Any aircraft, including the worldwide coalition's planes and drones, discovered west of the river Euphrates, will be accompanied by ground and air-based anti-aircraft defenses as aerial targets".

The dispute over the Syrian attack on the US -backed fighters and the American response came as Iran launched ballistic missiles at Islamic State strongholds in eastern Syria in retaliation for a pair of attacks by extremists in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people.

Russian Federation which is the main ally of Bashar al-Assad said that it was also halting communications with the United States aimed to prevent such incidents in future.

But while National Defence says it is monitoring the situation, it otherwise wouldn't comment Monday on where the Canadian planes have been flying in Syria and whether they are in any increased risk of danger.

USA forces tangled earlier this month with Syria-allied aircraft in the region.

The U.S. has been providing air and ground support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a collection of different groups that have been the U.S. government's main partners in the fight against ISIL in Syria.

Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.

Time pointed out that throughout eastern Syria, the United States is competing with Damascus for control of territory seized from ISIS. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said coalition aircraft would continue conducting "operations throughout Syria, targeting ISIS forces and providing air support for Coalition partner forces on the ground".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria's war, said government forces expanded their presence in Raqqa province by capturing from IS the town of Rasafa.

Awareness of the new United States strategy, backed by PYD-YPG in the expectation that Washington will reciprocate by backing Kurdish national claims, has spurred the Syrian army to strike out eastwards to block any Kurdish advance to the border.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov struck a tougher line than Lavrov, telling TASS the US action was an "act of aggression in support of terrorists". On a couple of occasions, the US had to use drones and warplanes to attack these Shi'a militias to attack an American training area for Syrian rebels.

The Russian military alleged that in Sunday's incident, "the command of the coalition forces did not use the established communication channel for preventing incidents in Syrian airspace".

"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 general added that he would welcome a new AUMF from Congress, which he said would be "very positive" for American troops.