23 June 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  •    - Bahrain
  •    - Iran
  •    - Iraq
  •    - Israel
  •    - Jordan
  •    - Kuwait
  •    - Lebanon
  •    - Oman
  •    - Palestine
  •    - Qatar
  •    - Saudi Arabia
  •    - Syria
  •    - Turkey
  •    - United Arab Emirates
  •    - Yemen
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 06/19/2017, 10.01

    SYRIA - USA

    Raqqa:US Air force shoots down a Syrian jet, pilot missing



    The jet was engaged on a mission against the Islamic State. Damascus speaks of "gross attack". According to Washington, it hit soldiers of the US-backed Arab-Kurd coalition. Joint exercises between Iran and China in the Persian Gulf.

     

    Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The US-led international coalition yesterday shot down a Syrian army jet south of Raqqa, in the eastern sector of Syria, the scene of the offensive against the stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) in the country. A statement issued by the Syrian state government said the pilot is currently missing and that the vehicle was engaged in a combat mission against jihadist militias.

    In a note broadcast on public television, the army in Damascus speaks of "gross attack" that undermines the efforts of the "only armed force" capable of fighting "terrorists" on the territory. The incident took place at a time when "the Syrian army and its allies have made real progress in the fight against Daesh" [Arabic acronym for IS].

    The US central command confirms the strike on the Syrian jet , which in their view was dropping bombs on members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS), Arab-Kurdish rebels (supported by Washington) operating in the region of Resafa. The Pentagon justifies the attack by defining it as "act of collective self-defense".

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Osdh) also reported fighting in Syria yesterday (for the first time) among government troops and elements of the Arab-Kurd alliance in Raqqa province. The fighting focused late yesterday on the villages of Chouwayhane and Jaaydine, about 40km from the "stronghold" of the Caliphate.

    Meanwhile, there are new signs of war in the region: China and Iran have been holding joint naval exercises in the Hormuz Straits in the Persian Gulf. According to the official Irna agency report, the maneuvers saw an Iranian navy and two Chinese destroyers, a vehicle for logistic supply and a helicopter.

    Joint military exercises between Tehran and Beijing come amid a growing tension in the Middle East, battered by bloody confictions and sharpened by the recent Gulf crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar (although the real goal is Iran). China has always promoted a policy of non-interference in the affairs of the region, promoting trade relations with Riyadh and Tehran. Two days ago US fleet vehicles held naval exercises with Qatar.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    09/03/2017 14:40:00 SYRIA – UNITED STATES
    Marines in Syria for the assault against Raqqa

    US troops plan to help the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces. Their deployment has not been authorised by Syria’s Assad, but certainly received Russia’s green light.



    12/03/2015 IRAQ
    Retaking Tikrit, a probable victory with major political risks
    Baghdad has highlighted the cooperation of Sunni tribal groups with the army and Shia "volunteers", hoping to break the link between Sunnis and the Islamic State group. However, the presence of the Iranian revolutionary guards and the fear of reprisals against Saddam Hussein's hometown threaten to undermine expectations.

    20/10/2016 09:50:00 IRAQ - SYRIA
    Families of Mosul Isis leaders reach Raqqa in Syria. Doubts over who is helping them

    The families of dozens of leaders of the Caliphate were transported on board buses to Raqqa without running into roadblocks, or being discovered by the Allies inspection flights. Suspicions that they are being aided by Turkey and the US. Iraqis think that the victory of Mosul will be "a Pyrrhic victory": the leaders will not be caught, or questioned, and no one will ever know who their secret allies are.

     



    11/11/2016 09:31:00 UNITED STATES - ISRAEL - ISLAM
    Israel and Islamic State celebrate neo-US President Trump

    Daesh and jihadist websites celebrate the victory of the Republican candidate. Trump will show "the ugly face of America." He is a "stupid bull, arrogant and conceited, dumber than Bush." For the ideologue of al Qaeda it is the beginning of the "destruction" of the US. Netanyahu recalls the "iron link" between the two countries. The invitation to Washington at the "first opportunity."



    22/08/2014 UNITED STATES - IRAQ - ISLAM
    For the United States, the Islamic State is the "biggest threat" and must be fought in Syria
    The US Defence Secretary and the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff make statements to that effect. However, many observers fear that the American public will not support further military action in Iraq and Syria. A growing number of militants are joining the army of the Islamic State from at least 50 countries.



    Editor's choices

    RUSSA - VATICAN
    Vatican and Russian orthodox scholars debate history and Ostpolitik

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The conference begins tomorrow and continues until June 21. Joint work was blocked in 2002 over allegations of "proselytism" against the Russian Catholic Church. Change of climate after the meeting between Francis and Kirill in Havana in 2016. Russians prefer to talk about common mission to the world rather than unity of the united Church in the first 10 centuries.

     


    LAOS - VATICAN
    The “strength of the Church is within the small churches”, says Laos’s first cardinal

    Weena Kowitwanij

    On 21 May, Pope Francis announced his nomination, a surprise for Laos’s 50,000- strong Catholic community. It is a “baby Church” that experiences the first proclamation and is turned towards Tribals and animists. "Some of the most serious problems are the shortage of personnel and the quality of education,” the prelate said. "Some people think that being a cardinal is an honour,” but for Mgr Mangkhanekhoun it means advising the pope on how to “solve problems.”


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®