London [U.K], June 20: Australia has suspended air strikes over Syria "as a precautionary measure" after Russian Federation threatened that it would consider any plane from the USA led coalition flying west of Euphrates as potential targets, following the US downing of Syrian military jet.
On Sunday, the U.S. shot down a Syrian plane that had dropped bombs near its ground-partnered Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) south of Tabqa about two hours after SDF fighters were wounded in an earlier attack by pro-Syrian regime forces in Ja'Din.
The drone, downed near a combat outpost in the town of At-Tanf, was the second one shot down by US forces in 12 days; the downing comes as Pentagon officials are working to defuse heightened tensions in southeastern Syria.
A USA warplane shot down an armed Iranian drone over Syrian territory on Tuesday.
The US-led coalition has shot down an armed "pro-Syrian regime" drone that it says was bearing down on its forces near a garrison close to the border with Iraq in Syria's southeast.
It also comes after an American F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet shot down a Syrian SU-22 fighter-bomber Sunday in northern Syria as it "dropped bombs" near the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed alliance fighting IS.
Australia on Tuesday said it had halted its airstrikes in Syria following a warning from Russian Federation that it would target United States coalition aircraft after a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane.
"ADF operations in Iraq will continue as part of the coalition".
"This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8", the USA military says.
In response to the first USA shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet during the six-year civil war, Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said it would track US-led coalition aircraft with missile systems but stopped short of saying it would fire on them.
The U.S. Air Force considers the incident to be an unsafe intercept, Martin reports.
The US-led coalition said it will defend itself against any threat.
The ministry also called on the us military to provide a full account of why it chose to shoot down the Syrian SU-22.
The broadcaster said that the Russians added that any coalition craft flying west of the Euphrates River would be tracked and "considered air targets".
CENTCOM announced that a US F-15 Strike Eagle shot down the Shaheed-129 UAV in the early morning near At Tanf, where Coalition forces are training Syrian militias to battle the Islamic State.
It is said by the Iranians to have a range of 2,000km (1,240 miles) and capable of carrying bombs and missiles.
Iranian-made A1B Ababil-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (drone).