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US Seeks To Defusing Syria Tensions With Livid Russia

US Seeks To Defusing Syria Tensions With Livid Russia

After the U.S. shot down a Syrian regime plane accused of bombing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Tabqa on Sunday, the SDF have threatened to retaliate against Syrian regime forces if attacks on them continue and Russian Federation has announced it will track and target any airborne vehicles that pass west of the Euphrates.

The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal after the US military confirmed that it downed a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near USA partner forces.

Russia, the Syrian government's main ally, also said it was halting communications with the U.S. aimed at preventing such incidents.

Jeremy Binnie, Middle East and Africa editor for Jane's Defence Weekly, says the players in Syria are now operating with "half an eye on the post-Islamic State situation", and looking to control as much territory as possible.

The Pentagon statement added: "The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-Isis [IS] operations will not be tolerated".

Advanced Russian air defense systems in Syria-which include the powerful S-400 and S-300V4-have been tracking USA and allied aircraft flying over that war-torn nation for months.

The Syrian government this month marched into Raqqa province from the west but had avoided conflict with the US-backed SDF until the latest incident.

A Syrian warplane dropped bombs near US -led coalition forces in Syria.

A bilateral memorandum of understanding was signed between the United States and Russian Federation signed in October 2015 to ensure the safety of flights during combat missions over Syria. Tensions escalated on Sunday as the U.S. army brought down the jet near Raqqa and Iran launched missiles at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war.

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What is the state between the SDF and Assad's forces? Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS.

These incidents, however, are tactical, not part of any USA strategy in Syria, analysts said.

The US military said that it shot down a warplane that had dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) fighters.

Russian Federation backs the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's ongoing conflict, and has called the US strike a violation of Syrian sovereignty.

Clashes between Syrian troops and the SDF would escalate tensions and open a new front line in the many complex battlefields of the civil war, now in its seventh year. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been part of a large-scale offensive aimed at capturing Raqqa. "If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate", SDF spokesman Talal Silo said.

Air strike operations into Iraq are unaffected.

The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the US -led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

A senior United States defense official tells CNN the so-called "de-confliction line" remains open with Russian Federation.


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