Australia Suspends Air Operations As Conflict Escalates

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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 as undergoing a “dramatic escalation” as an “uneasy battlefield coexistence” between forces with competing aims proves impossible to maintain.

In a statement, the Australian Department of Defence — part of the international coalition fighting ISIS in the country — said: “As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased. Read more at CNN.

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