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Senator: US at risk of military conflict with Russia, Iran in Syria

Senator: US at risk of military conflict with Russia, Iran in Syria”

"During the escorting, the RC-135 crew made an attempt of closing with the Russian fighter, performing a provocative turnaround toward the Su-27", the agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

In the latest in a long series of close encounters, FOX News reports the Russian Su-27 jet had missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet "rapidly", coming within five feet of the American aircraft, the officials said. "This is an exception, not the norm, but we were again operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke", Davis said.

Russia's defense ministry says it will treat USA -led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the US military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday.

In another first, Iran - another close Assad ally - fired ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria, in the province of Deir el-Zour, later on Sunday. The UAV could hit terrestrial mobile and fixed targets.

The decision came amid increasing tension between the United States and Russian Federation, which warned it, would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted a military hotline with Washington over the incident.

Israeli security officials said Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities.

The Pentagon stated that the unmanned aerial vehicle of the Assad regime was a threat because it had weapons on board and was in close proximity to the forces of the US-led worldwide coalition.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel.

While government troops may be far from in control of that area and are unlikely to go after the city of Raqqa, Syria expert Sam Heller of the Century Foundation said the forces "have done enough to insert themselves that they're now a fact on the ground". The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed.

"This is probably something Washington will end up approving of, if not necessarily colluding in", he said, speaking of the Syrian government's designs on Deir el-Zour.

The Russian military has supported Syrian President Bashar Assad for decades and deployed dozens of fighter jets and helicopter gunships to shore up the Syrian regime in September 2015. It said government helicopters dropped 55 barrel bombs on Daraa while warplanes carried out about 20 airstrikes. The conflict quickly descended into a civil war, which has since left at least 400,000 people dead.

If Syrian forces are targeting American troops in the region, then it is likely that war looms.



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