Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Military Threat

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Australia's military is suspending airstrikes it had been carrying out against ISIS as part of a U.S.-led coalition in Syria, one day after Russia criticized the U.S. downing of a Syrian warplane and threatened to target coalition aircraft in a wide swath of Syria. On Monday, Russia's defense ministry effectively drew a line across Syria west of the Euphrates River, saying that "all kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition ... will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets." The threat came after a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 on Sunday, an act that the Pentagon explained as a defensive measure to protect U.S. allies who are pressuring ISIS in its stronghold...

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