US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

Two days after U.S. forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet that appeared to pose a threat to the coalition, armed Russian fighters harassed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, flying within a mere five feet of the aircraft. The official said that coalition aircraft made a show of force and conducted a warning maneuver, and the Syrian fighter jet then aborted its trajectory and left the area.

Last week, another Iranian-made drone flown by pro-regime forces was shot down after it dropped munitions close to USA and partner forces.

It is the second downing of a pro-regime drone in the area and comes amid heightened tensions in the region following the US shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet.

USA special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels near al-Tanf Syria, close to Syria's border with Iraq and Jordan for the past few years.

For the second time in a month, a U.S Air Force F-15 has downed an Iranian drone after it flew too close to USA -backed forces in southern Syria. Also, Iran fired several ballistic missiles Sunday night at IS positions in eastern Syria. "All flying objects, including planes and drones of the worldwide coalition, detected west of the Euphrates, will be followed by Russian air defence systems as targets", the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Iran described the strike as revenge for attacks on Tehran earlier this month that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50, the first such IS assault in the country. The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of hundreds of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped establish the IS branch in Libya.

Turkey and the Kurdish fighters have come to blows on a few occasions in recent months, leading US forces to establish a buffer between them.

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"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".

While government troops may be far from in control of that area and are unlikely to go after the city of Raqqa, Syria expert Sam Heller of the Century Foundation said the forces "have done enough to insert themselves that they're now a fact on the ground".

The area falls in a part of Syria that was recently identified as a military priority by Damascus, and is seen as strategically important for Iran as it seeks to secure a land corridor between forces it backs in Syria and Iraq.

Sharif told The Associated Press that the missile launch reflected Iran's "military power", though Iran has no intention of starting another war. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Daraa-based activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh says fighting is now underway in the city. "The regime made the truce and then violated it".

Daraa is where Syria's crisis first broke out in March 2011 as an uprising against President Bashar Assad's government. The U.S. and the coalition have a base in At Tanf, Syria, close to where the Iraqi, Jordanian and Syrian borders intersect, 80 miles south of Palmyra.

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