U.S. warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

U.S. warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

Turkey and the Kurdish fighters have come to blows on a few occasions in recent months, leading USA forces to establish a buffer between them.

Previously Turkey shot down a Russian military plane, claiming it had crossed the official border into Turkish territory.

Syrian government forces have also been attacking IS in northern, central and southern parts of the country, seizing 25,000 square kilometers (9,600 square miles) and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

The Prime Minister pointed to "deconfliction arrangements" with Moscow, which are created to prevent mid-air incidents between coalition and Russian planes operating in the crowded airspace over Syria.

The Su-22 jet was shot down Sunday by a U.S. F-18 fighter as an act of "collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces" after the Syrian aircraft dropped bombs close to American-backed fighters near the northern Syrian town of Tabqah, according to a USA -led coalition statement. Over the past few months, Syrian forces have made sweeping gains against Takfiri elements, who have lately increased their acts of violence across the country following a series of defeats on the ground.

That led Russian Federation, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, to warn that it would target USA -led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates River.

He called the US military's decision to shoot down a Syrian jet a "welcome development".

Russia's defence ministry has announced it is ending US-Russian co-operation in Syria, which had been created to prevent a direct conflict between the two powers.

"Symbolically this is very important because Australia is a key partner in the US-led coalition operating over Syria and Iraq and for it to withdraw its aircraft, even temporarily, is a sign that they feel there is a threat from Russian aircraft and the Syrians", Thomas said.

The ministry says it views the incident as Washington's "deliberate failure to make good on its commitments" under the de-confliction deal.

However, the recent destruction of a Syrian military jet by the Americans - the first such incident by United States forces in Syria - has risked escalation.

In just over a month, USA forces have struck Iranian-backed Shia militias in southern Syria three times, and on Sunday a U.S. F/A-18 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 jet.

"We have an effective link between our operations center in Qatar and the Russian Federation on the ground in Syria".

Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov added: "This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of global law".