Led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

Australia's military is suspending the airstrikes that it had been carrying out against the Islamic State as part of a USA -led coalition in Syria, one day after Russian Federation criticized the US downing of a Syrian warplane and threatened to target coalition aircraft in a wide swath of Syria.

The incident occurred in the same vicinity as previous conflicts with pro-regime forces, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where a contingent of US and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Moscow's defence ministry said on Friday, 23 June, that the sophisticated missiles were fired from two warships and a submarine, which are positioned in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

The announcement from Canberra came as a brief, two-day truce collapsed in the southern Syrian city of Daraa and nearby areas where government forces have gained ground.

He was killed in a strike that came days after another US-led coalition air raid on Mayadeen that reportedly killed the founder of Islamic State's notorious Amaq propaganda agency.

The U.S. military said it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, marking the third time this month that that the U.S. has downed aircraft affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

On Wednesday, Binskin told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that, as publicly-accessible ADF reports have shown, recent Australian air strikes have been occurring in Iraq and not in Syria.

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One official said that the drone was shot down because it was "assessed to be a threat". It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details. The Iranian drone that was shot down Tuesday was outside of the deconfliction area, the official said.

Fighting and bombardment also resumed early Tuesday in the contested city of Daraa and nearby areas where a 48-hour truce went into effect on Saturday. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed.

"The situation is back as it was in Daraa city and fighting is ongoing", said Daraa-based opposition activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh.

The Observatory also reported that government troops had captured a hill west of the city and a former army base that was held by rebels.

More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011.

The presence of Iranian-backed troops, artillery and tanks and USA -led coalition forces in southern Syria, namely around the At Tanf crossing at the Iraq-Syria border, has slowly turned the area into a flash point.

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