Global  Video

“The world's speediest news portal”
One News Page
> >

Australia Suspends Military Flights Over Syria, Citing "Potential Threats" From Russia

Zero Hedge Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Australia Suspends Military Flights Over Syria, Citing Potential Threats From RussiaRussia’s Monday decision to suspend a memorandum of cooperation with the US-led coalition in retaliation after a US jet shot down a Syrian Army plane has rattled some US allies, who fear escalating tensions between Russia and the coalition. In what it called a "precautionary measure," Australia became the first coalition member to suspend flights in Syria, claiming it's too dangerous for its planes to fly without the agreement, according to BBC.

*“As a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,”* Australia’s Department of Defense said in a statement, adding its operations in Iraq would continue as part of the coalition.”

*“ADF personnel are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course.”*

“Australian Defense Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats,” the Department of Defense said.

Australia has deployed about 780 military personnel as part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

The BBC notes that Australia has a small but highly capable contingent of six F/A-18 strike aircraft; a tanker; and an E-7A Wedgetail early warning aircraft, all based at Al Minhad in the United Arab Emirates. Most of the Australian strikes have been in Iraq, though its aircraft do also operate over Syria. Australian commanders will reassess the situation in due course. The more fundamental question is what the Russian threat actually amounts to. Is it just rhetoric or does Moscow want to deny certain areas of Syrian airspace to US-led coalition aircraft?

Australian aircraft will continue to fly missions in Iraq.

As reported yesterday, Russia suspended cooperation under the “Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria” on Monday after the US shot down a Syrian Army fighter jet.

The Russian Defense ministry called the attack “an act of aggression,” on the part of the US-led coalition. The US military neglected to use a communication line with Russia concerning this attack, despite the fact that Russian warplanes were also on a mission in Syrian airspace at the time, the Russian Defense Ministry alleged, conflicting with the Pentagon's explanation of events.

The bilateral memorandum of understanding was signed between the United States and Russia signed in October 2015 to ensure the safety of flights during combat missions over Syria. In retaliation for the US attack, the ministry warned that Russian missile defense would intercept any aircraft in the area of operations of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria.

*"In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets,"* the Russian Defense Ministry announced, quoted by Sputnik.

Contrary to the earlier statement by the US, according to which it "contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line" to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing", Russia claims the US-led coalition command didn't use the deconfliction channel with Russia to avoid an incident during an operation in Raqqa:

"Russian Aerospace Forces' jets were conducting operations in Syrian airspace that time. However, the command of the coalition forces didn't use the existing channel between the air command of the Qatari airbase al Udeid and the [Russian] Hmeymim airbase to avoid incidents over Syria."

We now wait to see which other US allies – Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Jordan and the UK also are contributing men and arms to the task of "liberating" Syria  – will announce that they're temporarily pulling out of the conflict until tensions once again de-escalate.
Share on
Share on
Post on 
Share by
Source: Wochit News - < > Embed
News video: Syria: Australia Suspends Air Operations As Conflict Escalates

▶ Syria: Australia Suspends Air Operations As Conflict Escalates 00:43

CNN has reported that Australia has suspended all air operations over Syria in the wake of US forces downing a Syrian jet and a warning from Russia that US-led coalition planes are now targets for its forces in parts of the country. It's the latest twist in a conflict that one analyst has described...

You Might Like

Recent related news

Russia will shoot down all US missiles and sources of fire, Russian Ambassador says

According to the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Russia will be intercepting all US missiles should the United States strike a missile blow on the territory of...
PRAVDA - World

Russia's U.S. ambassador warns of consequences for Syria strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the U.S.-led military strikes on Syria,...
Reuters India - WorldAlso reported by •Seattle TimesNewsmax

US-led Syria strikes: Insulting Vladimir Putin in 'unacceptable', says Russian ambassador, warns of 'consequences'

Russia's ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not...
Firstpost - WorldAlso reported by •PRAVDA

Washington officials claim Russia attacked American military men in Syria

US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell stated that "Russian mercenaries" attempted to attack American military men in Syria. "Russia's reckless...
PRAVDA - WorldAlso reported by •Seattle TimesNew Zealand Herald

Trump threatens Syria strike, suggests Russia shares blame

US President Donald Trump threatened an imminent military strike against Syria today, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons...
IndiaTimes - World

Missiles 'will be coming' to Syria, Trump warns Russia

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack,...
Reuters - World

Tweets about this

Other recent news in Markets

Active-Investors: Free Post Earnings RESEARCH Report: Coupa Software's Quarterly Revenues Surged 41%; Delivered Non-GAAP ProfitGlobal Pentane Market Expected to Reach $128.0 MILLION by 2023 - Allied Market Research
Telegram’s Pavel Durov Is Using BITCOIN to Bypass Russian SanctionsDebenhams H1 PROFIT Plunges, Warns On FY18 View; CFO Matt Smith To Resign
Hammerson boss sees dream of a £21bn TAKEOVER scupperedDEBENHAMS' revamp fails to pay off in first year as profits plunge 85%

Recent related videos

News video: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Said Russia Sanctions

▶ U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Said Russia Sanctions "Under Consideration" 01:02

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that he won't comment on possible sanctions against Russia, but said they're "an important tool, like military tools."
Source: Time -

News video: Trump Backtracks On New Russia Sanctions

▶ Trump Backtracks On New Russia Sanctions 01:35

CBS Miami's Lauren Pastrana reports on the growing frustration among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle with President Trump's lack of sanctions on Russia over the alleged chemical attacks by Syria..
Source: CBS4 Miami -

News video: Trump Reigns In White House Russia Policy

▶ Trump Reigns In White House Russia Policy 01:38

Despite the president's personal misgivings, the White House has taken increasingly harsh action against Russia.
Source: Newsy Studio -

News video: Rep. Castro on Russia Sanctions, Pompeo, and Syria Strikes

▶ Rep. Castro on Russia Sanctions, Pompeo, and Syria Strikes 04:47

Apr.17 -- Rep. Joaquin Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and a Democrat from Texas, discusses confusion over a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, the confirmation hearing..
Source: Bloomberg Global Business -

News video: Russian foreign minister denies Russia tampered with site of Douma chemical attack

▶ Russian foreign minister denies Russia tampered with site of Douma chemical attack 00:27

In an interview, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov categorically denied the allegations that Russia had anything to do with tampering at the site of an alleged chemical attack that took place in..
Source: IBTimes US -

News video: Inspectors Not Allowed on Suspected Chemical Attack Site

▶ Inspectors Not Allowed on Suspected Chemical Attack Site 00:36

The Russian military says the inspectors will be allowed into Douma, Syria, on Wednesday.
Source: Newsy Studio -

News video: New Russia Sanctions

▶ New Russia Sanctions 01:01

Days after the U.S., Britain, and France carried out airstrikes against Syria, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced new sanctions on Russia for its support of the Assad regime. Here are..
Source: Ingraham Media Group - Affiliate -

News video: U.S. Will Decide in `Near Future' on Additional Russia Sanctions

▶ U.S. Will Decide in `Near Future' on Additional Russia Sanctions 03:58

Apr.16 -- The Trump administration is considering whether to impose additional sanctions against Russia amid escalating tensions between the two countries over the conflict in Syria. Bloomberg's Bill..
Source: Bloomberg Politics -

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+