Syria conflict: USA jet 'downs Iran-made drone'

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A United States official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on USA backed-Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqa, Syria, on Tuesday.

This is the latest incident in the skies over Syria, after the United States shot down a Syrian fighter plane on Sunday and another drone earlier this month.

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.

Russian Federation made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the USA downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday, which, according to Damascus, is the first such incident since the start of the conflict in 2011.

The Air Force F-15 first intercepted the Iranian-made drone and shot it down as it continued to advance, the coalition said.

The U.S. action comes two days after a U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian plane that was attacking U.S. -backed forces near Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital.

Australia has suspended its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as a precaution after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week.

Australia on Tuesday suspended its airstrikes against IS targets in Syria as a precaution, after Russian Federation announced it was suspending the hotline and warned the USA -led coalition not to fly over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River.

No Americans or USA allies were wounded in either incident, officials said.

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The last time Russian Federation threatened to cut off the deconfliction line was in April, when the US launched missiles at a Syrian airbase in what ultimately amounted to a warning shot in retaliation for Assad's continued use of chemical weapons.

On Monday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps demonstrated some of its military prowess by launching ballistic missile strikes from western Iran against ISIS targets in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zour, according to The Guardian.

How unsafe is the situation? This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8, according to the coalition.

Chris Murphy of CT warned Tuesday that the United States could be edging toward a military conflict with Iran and Russian Federation in Syria.

"It's that fighting spirit, that perseverance and tenacity that I will take to Washington", she said Tuesday night.

The Syrian regime and Iranian militias have increasingly tried to encroach on US allied territory, leading to warnings and occasional bombings.

US Air Forces Central Command, which oversees air operations in the region, did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday's incident.

Meanwhile, Russia said it will now track aircraft of any kind near its airspace in Syria with surface-to-air missiles given what it considers escalations by the coalition.

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