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Monday, 19 June 2017 11:15

Tensions rise in Syria as Russia, Iran send US warnings

Written by  Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia on Monday threatened aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline intended to avoid collisions in retaliation for the U.S. military shooting down a Syrian warplane.

The U.S. said it had downed the Syrian jet a day earlier after it dropped bombs near the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces conducting operations against the Islamic State group, adding that was something it would not tolerate.

The downing of the warplane — the first time in the six-year conflict that the U.S. has shot down a Syrian jet — came amid another first: Iran fired several ballistic missiles Sunday night at IS positions in eastern Syria in what it said was a message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States.

The developments added to already-soaring regional tensions and reflect the intensifying rivalry among the major players in Syria's civil war that could spiral out of control just as the fight against the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Raqqa is gaining ground.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, called on the U.S. military to provide a full accounting as to why it decided to shoot down the Syrian Su-22 bomber.

The U.S. military confirmed that one of its F-18 Super Hornets shot down a Syrian jet that had dropped bombs near the U.S.

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Ayier you must be ignorant or can't read......Syria isn't kicking anyone out, they just got their plane shot down for coming to close to U.S. position with bombs.

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About time Syria kicked the US-NATO-Sunni Axis out. Good that Russia is helping

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Screw Russia & the savages they choose to associate with!

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Floyd J Hardee Written by Floyd J Hardee
June 20, 2017
Tell Russia, you do whatever you think is wise and prudent to do....meanwhile we will defend ourselves...... if need be. So think it over.....


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