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Australia Suspends Airstrikes in Syria After Russia Threatens U.S.-led Coalition Aircraft
Australia halts strikes ‘as a precautionary measure’ after Russia warns it would treat aircraft west of Euphrates as potential targets, following U.S. downing of Syrian military jet
Australia said on Tuesday it was suspending air strikes into Syria following the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday and Russia’s subsequent threat against U.S.-led coalition aircraft.
“As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” Australia’s Department of Defence said in a statement.
Australia has six fighter jets based in the United Arab Emirates that strike targets in Syria and Iraq.
Russia said on Monday it would treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.
Russia made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday, something Damascus said was the first such incident since the start of the country’s conflict in 2011.
“ADF personnel are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course,” Australia’s Department of Defence said, adding its operations in Iraq would continue as part of the coalition.
“Australian Defence Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats,” it said.
On June 18, 2017, one of top Israeli hasbara (propaganda) outlets, Wall Street Journal, admitted the fact that Israel had been funding the ISIS terrorists in Syria for years.
ISRAEL CALLS FOR THE DISMANTLING OF THE UN AGENCY AIDING PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
I thought Jews loved refugees? Apparently they only like the type of refugee that White European nations are forced to take care of. When it comes to Palestinian refugees that’s a whole other matter. Israel is demanding that a UN agency dedicated to aiding Palestinian refugees gets dismantled.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the U.N. agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Adnan Abu Hasna, a Gaza-based spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said Netanyahu was pursuing a “fantasy”. The United States, Israel’s main ally, was the biggest donor to UNRWA last year, pledging $368 million.
In public remarks to his cabinet at its weekly meeting, Netanyahu said UNRWA perpetuated, rather than solved, the Palestinian refugee problem and that anti-Israeli incitement was rife in its institutions, which includes schools.
“It is time UNRWA be dismantled and merged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,” Netanyahu said.
Just more Jewish hypocrisy. It’s always one standard for Israel and a completely different standard for everyone else.