A USA warplane shot down an armed drone linked to Syrian regime forces, the Pentagon said Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents between us -backed forces and the regime of Bashar Assad that threatens to escalate the conflict there.
The Washington Post also reported on Sunday that the Pentagon confirmed a US military aircraft shot down a Syrian government fighter jet shortly after USA -backed fighters in northern Syria were bombed by Assad's fighters.
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 United States command" into the incident.
This strike marks the first time Iran has fired missiles as an act of war since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. "We remain available on our end".
On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced it has suspended the deconfliction channel with the United States for flight operations in Syria over the incident.
It was not immediately clear how close the USA military recon jet was flying near Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Poland and Lithuania.
The strike was described by Gen. Ramazan Sharif of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as "successful", but "limited", but security sources in Israel breathed a sigh of relief as the missile strike didn't hit all its intended targets as Iran claimed, reported Ynet News.
There are concerns that further confrontations could lead to a breakout of hostilities that would hinder the battle against IS. It joined the US-led coalition against the Islamic State extremist group in August 2014 and extended the airstrikes into Syria a year later on Washington's request.
The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, over 600 kilometers (370 miles) away. The attack was in retaliation for combined attacks in Iran earlier this month on both the parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, in which 17 people, including five civilians were killed and more than 50 wounded.
Israel's military Chief of Staff is disputing Iranian claims of successfully launching missiles at militants in Syria. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.
The news from Australia, one of the coalition partners fighting ISIS in Syria, was described as a blow for the US, putting it in a "very hard position" at a critical time as the battle to liberate the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa continues.
The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of thousands of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped establish the IS branch in Libya.
The Syrian government forces' march toward the Jordanian border comes two weeks after they reached the border with Iraq for the first time in years. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed.
The Iranian government said it notified Damascus before it fired rockets into the country, but that it "will not be tied to formalities when defending its security and stability". The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
Daraa-based activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh says fighting is now underway in the city.