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S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas W of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia'south Defense Ministry said Monday, a day after the U.

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Latest Updated Jun nineteen, two thousand seventeen 11:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW -- Warplanes from the U. S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas W of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia'south Defense Ministry said Monday, a day after the U. S. military shot down a Syrian air force jet.

Moscow condemned the downing of the Syrian jet after it dropped bombs close the U. S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces that are fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) grouping in Syria'south increasingly complicated civil war.

The downing of the warplane - the first time in the conflict that the U. S. has shot down a Syrian jet - came as Iran fired several ballistic missiles at ISIS in eastern Syria in retaliation for two attacks by the extremists in Tehran earlier this mo that killed seventeen people.

The U. S. military confirmed that one of its F-18 Super Hornets shot down a Syrian Su-22 that'd dropped bombs close the U. S. partner forces SDF. CBS News correspondent David Martin reports, the F-18 fired two missiles as it approached the Su-22 jet from behind. The first missile missed the aircraft, while the second managed to blow off the rear finish of the jet.

In a statement, the U. S. military said that executive used a "de-confliction channel" to contact the Syrian government in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

Areas of northern Syria W of the Euphrates were controlled by ISIS before Syrian government forces captured most of them in recent months. The Russians show up to wish to avert further U. S. targeting of Syrian warplanes or ground troops that have arrive below U. S. attack in eastern Syria recently.

Moscow also called on the U. S. military to allow a full accounting of why it decided to shoot down the Syrian Su-22.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government'south offensive since two thousand fifteen.

But in April, Russia briefly suspended a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents with the U. S. over Syria after the American military fired fifty-nine missiles at a Syrian air base following a chemical weapons attack that WA accused on the Assad government.

Those forces, which are aligned with the U. S. in the campaign against ISIS, warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation.

In comments to Russian news agencies, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov compared the downing to "helping the terrorists that the U. S. is fighting against."

"What's this, if not an act of aggression?" he asked.

Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense and security committee at the upper chamber of Russian parliament, described the Defense Ministry'south statement as a warning.

"I'm sure that because of this neither the U. S. nor anyone else will get any actions to menace our aircraft," he told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. "That'south why there'south number threat of direct confrontation between Russia and American aircraft."

Ozerov insisted that Russia will be tracking the coalition'south jets, not shooting them down, but he added that "a threat for those jets may show up only if they get action that pose a threat to Russian aircraft."

Meanwhile, the U. S.-backed opposition fighters said Assad'south forces have been attacking them in the northern province of Raqqa and warned that if such attacks continue, the fighters will get action.

Clashes between Syrian troops and the SDF would exacerbate tensions and open a new front line in the many complex battlefields of the civil war, presently in its seventh year. Clashes between the Kurdish-led SDF and Syrian forces have been scarce and some rebel groups have even accused them of coordinating on the battlefield.

Both sides are battling ISIS, with SDF fighters focusing on their march into the northern city of Raqqa, which the extremist grouping has declared to be its capital.

Government forces have also been attacking ISIS in northern, central and southern Syria, seizing 9.600 square miles and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

SDF spokesman Talal Sillo said the government wants to thwart the SDF offensive to capture Raqqa. He said government forces began attacking SDF on Saturday, using warplanes, artillery and tanks in areas that SDF had liberated from ISIS.

Sillo also warned that if "the regime continues in its offensive against our positions in Raqqa province, this will force us to retaliate with force."

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria'south war, said government forces expanded their presence in Raqqa province by capturing from ISIS the town of Rasafa.

Iran'south launch of its ballistic missiles against ISIS hit Syria'south eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sun night and was its first such strike in the conflict. Previously, it's been providing crucial support to Assad'south forces.

Iran'south powerful Revolutionary Guard said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. Video on Iranian state TV showed the weapons on truck missile launchers in the daylight before the nighttime volley.

The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an ISIS command middle and suicide car bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, over three hundred seventy miles away. The extremists have been trying to fortify their positions in the Syrian city in the face of a coalition onslaught on Raqqa.

Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila said two Iranian missiles fell in and close the eastern town of Mayadeen, an ISIS stronghold. There were casualties, said Abu Laila, who's originally from Deir el-Zour and currently lives in Germany, where he runs a website about the province.

ISIS hasn't immediately acknowledged the attack. Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.

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