Australia had suspended air strikes over Syria "as a precautionary measure" after Russian Federation threatened that it would consider any plane from the US led coalition flying west of Euphrates as potential targets. According to the report, this is the second such incident in a week when the U.S. military has attacked a pro-Syrian government aircraft.
The Australian Defense Force's name for its effort to fight ISIS is Operation OKRA.
"Australian force protection is uppermost in our minds" in deciding when to resume missions over Syria.The fighter jets had been occupied recently supporting Iraqi security forces in retaking the city of Mosul, so the suspension had little effect on their operations, The Guardian quoted defence minister Marise Payne, as saying. "That would be another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War", he said.
The United States continues to maintain its end of the deconfliction line with Russian Federation for operations in Syria and would want to continue communications, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Tuesday.
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"Australian defence force personnel are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course", Guardian quoted the spokesman for the Department of Defence. On June 18, A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 fighter-bomber after it attacked Syrian Democratic Forces south of the town of Tabqa.
Russia's defence ministry said the USA had given it no warning, following which Moscow was also suspending coordination over "de-confliction zones" that were created to prevent incidents involving United States and Russian jets engaged in operations in Syria, reports the Guardian. The incident cause Russian Federation to suspend the de-confliction hotline established with the USA to prevent the two countries from accidentally targeting each others' aircraft.
"The Coalition forces were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS", or Islamic State, according to CENTCOM.