US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

In Canberra, a Defense Department statement said on Tuesday that "Australian Defense Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats". The force will continue normal operations in Iraq, reports Australia's News.com.

The incident happened a day after the United States military brought down a Syrian military jet near Raqqa for bombing near US-allied forces on the ground, the first time Washington had carried out such an action in the multi-pronged civil war.

"The Syrian regime ... needs to understand that we will keep the right of self-defense of coalition forces aligned against ISIS", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Russia, which is allied with the Syrian regime and has acted as its intermediary with the USA, declared on Monday that it would now consider any aircraft west of the Euphrates River in Syria a target and announced it was shutting down a hotline with the U.S.to deconflict its air forces over Syria.

The Russian Ministry of Defense called the downing of the plane "a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic" and "military aggression".

Russia disputed claims that its aircraft was at fault during the encounter and said it intercepted two USA reconnaissance aircraft as they "approached the Russian state border".

The Syrian army said the jet was brought down while flying a mission against Isis.

"This is a risk that I am sure other countries participating in the global coalition share".

The last time Russian Federation threatened to cut off the deconfliction line was in April, when the USA launched missiles at a Syrian airbase in what ultimately amounted to a warning shot in retaliation for Assad's continued use of chemical weapons.

The ministry on Monday said it suspended cooperation with the USA on deconfliction zones following the Su-22 shootdown. "That link is still ongoing here this morning", he said.

The spokesman said that U.S. air operations were continuing to operate, including west of the Euphrates, with some changes to altitude and flight plans in order to "mitigate risk". Coalition troops were working in the area alongside local forces who are being trained to fight the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Meanwhile the Syrian army and its allies are also closing in on Raqqa and last week the Syrian military reached areas controlled by the SDF, making clashes between the opposing alliances nearly inevitable.

On Sunday, Iran lobbed ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria, the first such attack it has carried out anywhere since at least 2001.

The deconfliction line between the two countries had first been suspended by Russian Federation in April after the United States launched a missile strike on a Syrian military airfield.

This incident happened in worldwide airspace above the Baltic Sea but was 25 miles from the Russian enclave of.

The drone was downed just outside the 55 kilometer de-confliction zone, according to the officials.

"We made every effort to warn those individuals not to come any closer and the commander made a judgment that there was a threat to the forces that we were supporting and took action", he said.

A USA military official says a Russian fighter jet flew within several feet of an American reconnaissance plane in what the us says was an unsafe maneuver over the Baltic Sea.

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