United States forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates


(Arab 24 network, via AP, File).

That warning came after the USA shot down a Syrian military plane.

The U.N. children's agency says the European Union has donated 90 million euros ($100.3 million) that will help provide critical services and support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Operating in both Syria and Iraq, the force includes about 780 personnel, including 300 service members who work in its air group. But there are more players in Syria.

In Syria's complex civil war, the USA backs some rebel groups opposed to President Assad, as well as fighters seeking to drive out the Islamic State (IS) group. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dunford on Monday justified the shoot-down in legal terms, referencing the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force against al-Qaeda.

Damascus and its allies have long argued that they are the essential partner to any worldwide effort in Syria, portraying all opposition forces as terrorist groups. USA warplanes launched three other airstrikes against the forces there.

Another day, another escalation in Syria.

"The Syrian Army and (its) allies' control over the Syrian border is logical and legal, and it's laughable to listen to calls asking an army of a sovereign state to stay away from its borders". Afterwards, the Russians said they would consider any aircraft flying in Syria near the Euphrates River valley to be hostile and at risk of being fired on.

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A USA senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russian Federation, describing the move as "another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War".

With Russia's backing, they sprang out in the desert of Palmyra, eyeing the town of Sukhna, the last IS stronghold in central Syria.

Nearly simultaneously, they advanced south and east of Aleppo all the way to Raqqa province, where the coalition is backing the mostly Kurdish force against IS.

Davis said the US did not attempt to dissuade the drone from advancing through an established communications line with Russian Federation, which is allied to the Syrian government but does not have command of forces aligned with it, because "the incident emerged very quickly".

Tanf is the town on Syrian border with Jordan where United States troops are imparting training to Syrian rebels, officially described as "partner ground forces" in the fight against ISIS.

Several senior Islamic State figures have been killed in recent years as the group has been driven from large parts of Syria and Iraq.

London [U.K], June22 (ANI): Australia will resume air combat missions against Islamic State targets in Syria after the Australian Defence Force lifted a temporary suspension initially sparked by Russian threats to shoot down coalition planes. This is the same location where another pro-regime drone dropped munitions near coalition forces before it was shot down June 8.