US seeking to restore 'deconfliction' in Syria

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

The U.S. military statement said it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner forces and that the U.S. did not seek a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters. Iran fires missiles into Syria.

"The destruction of the Syrian Air Force [jet] by American aircraft in Syrian airspace is a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic", the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on June 19, assailing Operation Inherent Resolve as a front for Western geopolitical domination.

"The worst thing any of us could do right now is address this with hyperbole", Dunford said at the National Press Club.

The Canadian military has been flying surveillance aircraft and a refuelling plane over Syria for the past several months as part of its contribution to the US -led anti-ISIL coalition.

Citing the US -led coalition's failure to contact Russian command through "existing channels of communication", the Ministry of Defense bailed on the incident-prevention hotline outright and eliminated coordination between coalition commanders over operations surrounding the "de-confliction zones" that have been flashpoints for escalating skirmishes between coalition and pro-regime forces.

Russia's Defence Ministry responded on Monday by suspending cooperation with the United States aimed at avoiding air incidents over Syria, where the Russian air force is bombing in support of Assad's campaigns against rebels and IS.

Thomas said the new powers would not have played any role in the recent decisions to attack pro-regime forces, as these were all ordered in self-defense.

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But the Syrian military said its Su-22 fighter jet was flying a mission against ISIL. It also issued what appeared a threat to target US coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River.

The United States has responded forcefully to Russia's threat to treat USA -led coalition planes in the skies over Syria as targets, as tensions escalate in the 6-year Syrian conflict. "I'm also confident that our forces have the capability to take care of themselves".

The previous Conservative government first deployed Aurora surveillance planes, a Polaris air-to-air refueller and six CF-18 fighter jets to participate in the US -led air campaign against ISIL in October 2014.

The Kremlin added that any coalition aircraft spotted west of the Euphrates river will be regarded as targets and may be attacked by air and ground defenses. "That's why there's no threat of direct confrontation between Russian Federation and American aircraft". Though the narrative is denied by Russian intelligence, the reports of Syrian aggression against rebels has become a rallying banner for #Sdf troops to fight Assad's regime.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in comments to Russian news agencies, compared the downing to "helping the terrorists that the fighting against". "We'll see if that's true here in the coming hours", Dunford said. Before that attack, USA officials informed their Russian counterparts.

"The Russians clearly are doing a lot of sabre rattling right now, but the reality is that the United States has significantly superior air power in the region, and it would be extremely foolish for the Russians to pick a fight with the United States in Syria", said Nile Gardiner, an global affairs expert at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

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