Russian Federation warns USA after Syrian jet downed

Russian Federation says its missile systems in Syria will track everything in the air west of the Euphrates River as a potential target - including aircraft from the US -led coalition - after the USA shot down a Syrian jet Sunday.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top-ranking USA military officer, said on June 19 that the United States is working to reestablish communications with Russia's military that Moscow said it had severed after an American jet shot down a Syrian warplane.

In addition to downing the Syrian jet near Raqqa, the USA has also fired on Syrian government forces in the east on three occasions in just the last month.

Analysts say neither Washington nor President Bashar al-Assad's regime appear to be seeking further confrontation, although the risks remain high in Syria's increasingly crowded battle fields and airspace.Russia's foreign ministry accused Washington of failing to use the hotline before downing the plane near Raqa, and called for a "careful investigation by the USA command" into the incident.

Moscow also advised today that it was halting an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after U.S. forces downed a Syrian jet.

Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense and security committee at the upper chamber of Russian parliament, described his Defense Ministry's statement as a warning.

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.

A similar incident occurred June 6, and on June 8 a United States warplane shot down a pro-regime drone in Syria after it fired at coalition forces. It also demanded an investigation by USA command.

Iranian officials threatened more strikes.

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The U.S. says it downed a Syrian military jet on Sunday because the aircraft had dropped bombs near the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces conducting operations against the Islamic State group.

Meanwhile, the USA -backed opposition fighters said Assad's forces have been attacking their positions in the northern province of Raqqa and warned that if such attacks continue, the fighters will take action.

The White House also said it would work to keep lines of communication open with Russian Federation amid the new tensions.

Until recently, however, Syrian forces and the USA and the rebel groups it backs had largely focused on different parts of the country.

SDF-led fighters are pressing ahead with a campaign to capture al-Raqqa, which has been under control of Islamic State radical group since 2014.

The Syrian government said the truce was part of national reconciliation efforts. The attack drove the SDF from Ja'Din, which is west of Raqqa, the coalition statement said.

Tensions between the two countries escalated on Sunday as the USA military brought down a Syrian military jet near Raqqa for bombing near US-allied forces on the ground. He said government forces began attacking the SDF on Saturday, using warplanes, artillery and tanks in areas that SDF had liberated from ISIS.

Sunday's incident marks the latest in a series of United States attacks on pro-regime forces. Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed.

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