Senator: US at risk of military conflict with Russia, Iran in Syria

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

The armed Shahed-129 drone was destroyed by a U.S. F-15 fighter jet around 12:30 a.m. local time.

"It displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces", the statement read.

The coalition noted the drone showed "hostile intent", adding that the incident took place in the same location where another pro-Syrian government drone dropped munitions on June 8 targeting the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday it would exert new control over the skies of western Syria in response to the downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the U.S. Air Force on Sunday, reports said.

Following the downing of a Syrian warplane on Sunday by United States forces, Russia, which is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad warned that planes flying west of the Euphrates River will be "air targets".

Moscow has not received any explanations from Washington over the downing of the Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane by the US-led coalition, except those that were expressed publicly, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

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

"Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the global coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air defences on and above ground", said Russia's defence ministry.

Fighting and bombardment meanwhile resumed early Tuesday between Syrian government forces and rebels in the southern city of Daraa and nearby areas, where a 48-hour truce had gone into effect on Saturday. "We are here to fight ISIS as a coalition, but if others want to fight ISIS and defeat them, then we absolutely have no problem with that".

A U.S. 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".

"Given recent events, the coalition will not allow pro-regime aircraft to threaten or approach in close proximity to coalition and partnered forces", it said.

"Dirty wings" is a military term used to describe a plane carrying armaments.

We did absolutely the right thing when we shot down the Syrian plane that threatened our allies.

USA military involvement in Syria long was limited to attacks against ISIS targets, with the occasional attack against al-Qaeda forces in the Syrian northwest.

This new Russian policy in Syria will drastically affect USA movements in the midst of the war against ISIS.

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