US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

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US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

The official said the United States pilot saw the Syrian pilot eject and saw a parachute deploy, but the U.S. believes the pilot would have landed in ISIS-controlled territory in Syria.

"ADF operations in Iraq will continue as part of the coalition". USA -backed forces recently pushed into Raqqa, the northern Syrian city that served as the group's de facto capital.

U.S. F-15E fighter jet shoots down Iranian-made Shahed 129 pro-regime drone near al-Tanf, Syria.

A defense official says the drone was approaching a military camp near the Syria-Jordan border.

On Sunday, US aircraft shot down a Syrian government jet that was bombing Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions south of Raqqa, in eastern Syria.

"The Coalition has made it clear to all parties publically and through the de-confliction line with Russian forces that the demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-Daesh operations will not be tolerated", it added.

The U.S. military has established a roughly 50-kilometer "deconfliction" ring around Tanf, warning the pro-Assad Iranian-backed forces through a Russian deconfliction channel that movement within the zone could be considered hostile.

The activist-run Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that government troops captured a hill west of the city and a former army base that was held by rebels. The 48-hour truce that had started there at noon Saturday was supposed to be extended.

"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 the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's four-decade rule began. It is the fifth time in the past month the USA has struck at forces allied with the Syrian government in the area.

The remarks came amid questions whether the strike - Iran's first in the Syrian war - had been effective.

"I think we're getting closer and closer to open conflict with Iran and Russian Federation, and the American public needs to know that we're moving very fast toward what could be another war inside the Middle East", Murphy told anchor Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day", "something by the way that Donald Trump promised he wouldn't do when he ran for office". Israeli security officials said on Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities.

Sharif told The Associated Press that the missile launch reflected Iran's "military power", though Iran has no intention of starting another war.

WASHINGTON: A U.S. warplane shot down an Iran-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria early Tuesday, officials said, the second such incident in less than two weeks.

Australian Defense 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. "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements".

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