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Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russian Federation warning

22 June 2017

Nowhere is this problem more evident than in eastern Syria, where tensions have been escalating with Assad, Iranian-supported Shiite militias, and Russian Federation.

The question before us: After Raqqa and Mosul fall and the caliphate disappears, who inherits the ISIS estate?

American forces and their allies are focused on fighting the Islamic State. As ISIS is pushed towards defeat, the other actors in the region are jockeying for position. "The regime made the truce and then violated it". Israel has controlled the Golan Heights since the 1967 Six-Day War.

State-owned Russia Times even took the added step of interviewing American congressman Ron Paul, who told the outlet that the U.S. should "mind its own business" by staying out of Syria.

Australia's military yesterday said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by U.S. forces.

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On Tuesday, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the US did not use the deconfliction line before destroying the Iranian drone because the event unfolded very rapidly. And to send an even firmer signal, Iran's spymaster extraordinaire Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Qods Force, was photographed at the border taunting the United States.

Lt. Col. Muhanad al-Tala, commander of Jaish Maghaweer al Thawra, one of the main US-backed military groups in east Syria, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday that in fact, "the Americans have called for military reinforcements from Jordan to Syria, and have enhanced their military presence in al-Tanf camp" located at the triangle of the Iraqi-Jordanian-Syrian border in southeast the country.

It was not known what exactly was hit and Iran has provided no details. "It seems that the US under Donald Trump is the source of danger for the Middle East and the whole world on a qualitatively new level". The US is becoming ever more involved in the war in Syria.

Activists and Islamic State supporters reported his death at the time, but Tuesday's statement from Central Command was the first US confirmation.

As the US has intensified its fight against IS in Syria, Assad and his trusted allies of Russian Federation and Iran are increasingly asserting themselves.

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The U.S. has maintained its broadening military involvement in Syria is part of the global fight against ISIS, and has avoided engaging directly with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the larger civil war playing out in Syria. The U.S. has conducted three airstrikes over the past month against those forces.

Russian Federation made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the United States downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday, which, according to Damascus, is the first such incident since the start of the conflict in 2011.

This situation also screams out for a diplomatic solution. Russian Federation is also the main ally of the Syrian regime and has significant military assets inside the country.

Tensions are also manifesting themselves in other arenas.

"This is probably something Washington will end up approving of, if not necessarily colluding in", he said, speaking of the Syrian government's designs on Deir el-Zour. After the Obama administration successfully broke through after 35 years of no contact, establishing a direct channel between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the Trump administration has cut that channel off. "And so making sure that people understand while we want to de-escalate the situation there, that we have to understand that we will always preserve the right of self-defense".

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Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russian Federation warning