United States shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border

The spokesman of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Ramazan Sharif speaks with media members at the conclusion of his press conference in Tehran Iran Tuesday

On several occasions in recent weeks, warplanes of the US -led coalition have also struck pro-government forces to prevent them advancing from the Al Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria at a spot where the country's borders join Iraq and Jordan.

In Tuesday s incident, the US-led coalition said an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed an armed Shahed-129 drone in the early hours of the morning as it neared the Al-Tanaf base along Syria s eastern border.

The U.S. -led coalition said the location was close to where another "pro-regime" drone, which intelligence sources had also identified as Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces.

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.

Russia, Syria's staunch ally, said on Monday it would treat US -led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down. "We view these actions by the American command as a conscious failure to uphold their responsibilities within the memorandum", the ministry said.

But then a Syrian Su-22 popped up laden with bombs.

Moscow's warning on Monday to US-allied warplanes west of the Euphrates escalated the threat of a direct Russian-American confrontation in Syria, following the first United States shooting down of a fighter jet belonging to the regime since the start of the civil war six years ago. The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that the pilot was missing.

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The US-led coalition forces along with the Russians are oratory the borders of a cease-fire line between the rebels and the government.

"ADF operations in Iraq continue as part of the Coalition". A senior White House official said: "The strategy for Syria is to defeat ISIS and first and foremost achievement of a de-escalation of the conflict so we can work toward a political resolution".

"There has been neither a Security Council decision, nor a request from the official authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic as a sovereign state", Russia's Interfax news reported.

In another development, the USA military announced officially that coalition forces had killed the top cleric of so-called Islamic State (IS), Turki al-Binali, in an air strike in Syria last month.

When asked by reporters whether the US was notified ahead of the cruise missile strikes, Dillon said, "If they have missiles entering our airspace, that is why the deconfliction line exists".

Tanf has been used by Western special forces as well as Syrian rebel forces.

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