Led coalition airstrikes targeted Syrian regime forces

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 26, 2017

"The so-called global coalition carried out Thursday an aggression against one of our military points that resulted in a number of martyrs and material damage", an unnamed army official said, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

The Pentagon says this was a defensive strike, launched after pro-regime forces had violated an agreed deconfliction zone around a base at al-Tanf, near the Syria's southern border with Jordan and Iraq, where USA and British Special Forces are training rebels to fight ISIS.

A United States defence official said the pro-government convoy had not responded to numerous warnings that it was "getting too close to coalition forces" stationed at Tanf.

The US official also said the coalition air strike did not directly target the Syrian army but Shia militias who support the Syrian government which was operating in the area. The coalition commander on the ground - after shows of force did not stop the regime forces - called for the airstrike as a matter of protection. The U.S. -led coalition identified the militia as a Shiite, Iran-backed group that "posed a threat to U.S. and partner forces".

Coalition officials initially tried to stem the advance of the Syrian military convoy with a series of warning shots and US aircraft carrying out a low flyover above the convoy in a show of force. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes killed eight people - "most of them non-Syrian" - and destroyed four vehicles.

A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that the air strike had hit "one of our military points", without elaborating, Syrian state TV reported. Especially if such actions are committed against the Syrian armed forces.

Mr Gatilov also condemned a US-led coalition strike on Wednesday that reportedly killed dozens of civilians.

The Syrian Army on Friday confirmed reports about a US-led airstrike on a military convoy near the Iraqi border, saying Washington's attempt will not terrorize the army from continuing to fight the terrorist groups.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. would defend its troops in case of "aggressive" steps against them.

Russian Federation supports the ceasefire in Syria while the U.S. weakens the effort fighting against terrorist groups, he added.

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