“The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat”, OIR said in the statement.
The official said the USA pilot saw the Syrian pilot eject and saw a parachute deploy, but the United States believes the pilot would have landed in ISIS-controlled territory in Syria.
The US military has repeatedly warned forces fighting on Mr Assad’s side to stay away from a “deconfliction zone”, agreed with Russian Federation, near a garrison used by US special forces and US-backed militia around Al Tanf.
In response, the U.S. Central Command issued its own statement, saying the Syrian aircraft was shot down “in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces”.
Coalition troops were working in the area alongside local forces who are being trained to fight the so-called Islamic State group.
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That means intimidating the USA into inaction while they crush opposition forces.
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 US troops and allied rebels in Tanf, near the border with Jordan.
“Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the global coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia’s air defences on and above ground”, said Russia’s defence ministry.
The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down the drone “after it displayed hostile intent” while approaching a military camp near the Syria-Jordan border.
This month, an American warplane almost shot down a Syrian SU-22 that appeared to be maneuvering to drop bombs on American-backed Syrian fighters, but the Syrian aircraft dumped its munitions in the desert and zoomed away.
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According to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Australia has recently focused its air power on the battle for Mosul in Iraq and conducted no airstrikes in Syria between mid-April and mid-June.
“The situation is back as it was in Daraa city and fighting is ongoing”, said Daraa-based opposition activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh.
Daraa is where Syria’s crisis first broke out in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad’s government.
The Syrian army has been able to make rapid advances allowing them to reach the border for the first time in years.
“We believe that having a channel where we can de-escalate and understand each other’s intentions serves a very good goal and we are hopeful that we can continue to use it”, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said Tuesday. “That would be another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War”, he said.
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Australian Defence Force Chief Mark Binskin said on Wednesday the operations were halted while the Australians examined what was happening in what he had described as a “complex piece of airspace” over Syria.