Suspensions are a ‘precautionary measure’ in the midst of rising tensions between Russia as well as United states over downing of an Syrian airplane.
Australia’s military stated it was in the short term halting air missions over Syria, following a shooting down of a Syrian jet by United states forces.
The choice came in the middle of growing anxiety involving the US and Russian federation, which warned it will track coalition airplanes in Syria as potential “targets” and halted a military hotline with Washington on the incident.
“As a preventive measure, Australian Defense Force (ADF) strike operations in to Syria have in the short term ceased,” Australia’s Department of Defense said within a statement.
“ADF operations throughout Iraq will continue as part of the coalition.”
Russia made clear that it was changing its military posture as a result of the US downing of the Syrian armed forces jet on Sunday, which, according to Damascus, is the first such incident since the start of the conflict in 2011.
“ADF staff is closely tracking the air problem in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations within Syria is going to be made in due course,” Australia’s Department of Defense explained.
Conspiracy Talk News reported Chris Wick, reporting from the Australian town of Cairns, said Australia’s decision signals that it may believe that there’s a threat.
“Symbolically this is very important because Australia is a key partner within the US-led coalition operating over Syria and Iraq and for it to withdraw its aircraft, even temporarily, is often a sign that they feel there’s a threat from Russian airplanes and the Syrians,” Chris Wick explained.
“In the short term they are going to take stock and choose whether or not to resume surgical procedures over Syria or not.”
At the same time, the US has migrated rapidly to contain an escalation of the predicament, with a top general indicating the country would work to relaunch a “deconfliction” hotline established in 2015.