Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria

Israel has ‘unimaginable’ power to strike Hezbollah Air Force chief tells security conference

Two days earlier, an American FA-18 shot down a Syrian SU-22 warplane that had dropped bombs near American-backed fighters combating the Islamic State.

On Sunday, the U.S. shot down a Syrian plane that had dropped bombs near its ground-partnered Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) south of Tabqa about two hours after SDF fighters were wounded in an earlier attack by pro-Syrian regime forces in Ja'Din.

The drone was downed just outside the 55 kilometer de-confliction zone, according to the officials.

For the first time in two years, Syrian troops reached the border with Iraq, establishing a link with Iraqi forces that were advancing on their side, and outflanking USA troops and allied rebels in Tanf, near the border with Jordan.

"As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased", Australia's Department of Defence said in a statement.

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 us -led coalition not to fly over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River.

Russian Federation said Washington had failed to use the line - a vital incident-prevention tool - before targeting the plane near Raqqa.

That was a rarity in modern warfare, representing the first time the U.S. Air Force had downed a manned jet since 1999.

"There's actually a line we have with the Russians that's a de-confliction line, and that line remains open and we remain in conversation with them", Goldfein said.

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Another point of departure is Qatar's ties with Iran, with whom it shares one of the world's biggest gas fields. Last week, Mattis had hosted Qatar's defence minister to finalise a $12-billion sale of 36 F-16 fighter jets.

The last drone the United States says it shot down was also reportedly destroyed near Tanf after firing on coalition forces.

Sharif, said all six ballistic missiles it launched on Syria hit their targets, according to "local sources and drone films".

"The F-15E intercepted the armed UAV after it was observed advancing on the Coalition position".

More recently a USA jet shot down a Syrian Air Force jet over the weekend after it struck US -allied forces, marking one of the greatest escalations since the USA entered the Syrian conflict in 2014.

The Russian Ministry of Defense called the downing of the plane "a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic" and "military aggression".

The Australians, who have six F-18F Super Hornets flying strike missions as part of the USA -led coalition out of the UAE, have also decided that this is a problem and have suspended their participation in air strikes altogether.

The latest flashpoint for USA forces in the region came on Tuesday.

In return, the US will slowly ease away from any mention of regime change in Syria, will not interfere with Putin in Syria as long as Syria leaves Israel alone, and will not oppose a Russian naval port in Syria.

The competition between the Syrian army and the militias and US-backed Free Syrian Army rebels has stepped up in the Badia desert that stretches to the Iraqi border after IS abandoned large swathes of territory as it defends Raqqa and Deir Zor.

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