Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Russian Federation threatens United States, coalition aircraft flying over Syria

Russian Federation threatens United States, coalition aircraft flying over Syria

A day after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane, Russian Federation on June 19 warned that it would target any us -led coalition jets and drones that are discovered "west of the Euphrates River".

Russia's defence ministry on Monday condemned the USA downing of a Syrian plane and said it would now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates river, while suspending its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace.

Russia, the Syrian government's main ally, also said it was halting communications with the United States aimed at preventing such incidents. The United States claims that the Syrian jet dropped bombs on USA -allied Syrian forces.

The U.S. needs now to delineate the lines of advance for Syria's Kurds, and to talk to the Russians, Syrians and Iranians.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria's war, said government forced captured from IS on Monday the town of Rasafa, expanding their presence in Raqqa province.

Russian Federation has issued a fresh warning against the United States led coalition in Syria stating that it will view its aircraft's as targets after a Syrian military plane was shot down by the coalition.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation condemned the incident, claiming the downed jet was targeting Islamic State militants.

Russia's ability to engage USA aircraft with defense systems like the S-300 or S-400 is questionable, as they're located a considerable distance away from Raqqa, the Islamic State's headquarters in Syria now being blitzed by coalition aircraft.

Once that territory is retaken - and Islamic State militants are gone - the White House will have to decide whether it will continue to deepen its involvement and protect its partners against Assad's forces and their backers. "We have to more clearly define what our position is", he said.

The ghost of the Iraq war hung over every decision on Syrian intervention, and the risk of taking incremental steps that might lead the U.S. into another ground war in the region guided the Obama administration's decision to stay out of the escalating conflict.

Russian Federation and Iran, which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the war, and Turkey, a supporter of rebel forces, signed an agreement on 4 May on setting up four safe zones.

On Sunday, Assad's forces attacked a USA -backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militia fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in the town of Jadin, south of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces rumbles through the Raqqa area on Sunday.

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. As of the moment, the Syrian government had reached the Iraqi border and now liberated the Southern desert and much of Eastern Syria.

US officials have said they do not plan to escalate fighting against Assad.

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

The US-led coalition has in recent weeks escalated its aerial bombing campaign in northern Syria and Raqqa province.

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