Australia suspends air strikes in Syria after U.S. downing of Syrian jet

The Syrian government this month marched into Raqqa province from the west but had avoided conflict with the USA -backed SDF until the latest incident. -Russian understanding on avoiding air incidents.

The U.S. said it had downed the Syrian jet a day earlier after it dropped bombs near the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces conducting operations against the Islamic State group, adding that was something it would not tolerate.

"There is every reason to believe that if someone previously had doubts that Russia is taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its aircraft flights in Syria, then these doubts will disappear with the Defense Ministry statement", Sputnik quoted Russian upper house committee chairman Victor Ozerov as saying. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested that broader USA and Russian interests will enable to the two sides to avoid direct hostilities in Syria.

A USA defense official has said to Fox News that the Super Hornet that shot down the Syrian jet has based on board the USS George H.W. Bush, which is now operating in the Mediterranean Sea.

Syrian opposition activists say a 48-hour truce in the southern city of Daraa has been extended. The agreement covers four zones in Syria where the rebels are fighting pro-government forces. The Syrian pilot catapulted into an area controlled by Islamic State terrorists.

The United States claims that the Syrian jet dropped bombs on US -allied Syrian forces.

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

The downing of the Syrian bomber marked the first time in the six-year civil war that the USA had shot down a Syrian aircraft. SDF fighters are aligned with the Americans in the campaign against the Islamic State group.

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has suspended flights over Syria after Russian Federation said it halted sky incident prevention interactions with the USA as of June 19, due to the coalition's downing of a Damascus warplane.

According to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, "All flying objects, including planes and drones of the worldwide coalition, detected west of the Euphrates, will be followed by Russian air defense systems as targets".

"We will work diplomatically and militarily in the coming hours to re-establish de-confliction", he said.

"The Russians clearly are doing a lot of sabre rattling right now, but the reality is that the United States has significantly superior air power in the region, and it would be extremely foolish for the Russians to pick a fight with the United States in Syria", said Nile Gardiner, an global affairs expert at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

The American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down the Syrian SU-22 around 7pm as it "dropped bombs near SDF fighters" south of the town of Tabqa, the coalition said in a statement.

And that got the attention of Syrian President Bashar Assad's chief protector, Russia.

Dunford said Monday, June 19, 2017, that Washington and Moscow are in delicate discussions to tamp down tensions arising from the USA shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet, which the Russians called a violation of a U.S.

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