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Deadly US airstrike was 'breach of Syrian sovereignty'

Deadly US airstrike was 'breach of Syrian sovereignty'

A US official told The Associated Press that pro-government "forces must now withdraw outside of the established de-confliction zone to avert further Coalition action and remove the threat to our forces".

Salim Zahran, an analyst close to the Syrian government, said that us planes targeted a Syrian army battalion in the Shahma area, 40 miles from the Tanf border area.

"They were potentially probing to see how close they could get to At Tanf", the official said.

A U.S. military strike in Syria on Thursday was "government terrorism" and caused a massacre, Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari said on Friday. They hit advancing vehicles outside a base called Tanf, near the Jordanian border.

A CNN reporter in Washington that was briefed by United States officials said a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward Al-Tanf on Wednesday vehicles, searching vehicles and buildings along the way.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said America's role in Syria's conflict was unchanged. As BuzzFeed News reported last week, US Special Forces are deployed at the base with a unit of Syrian rebels. But we will defend our troops.

But the latest move showed that the area around the Tanf garrison in southern Syria could be under pressure.

The US has been backing the Maghawir and Jaysh al-Thawra fighters in the near the Syria, Jordan, Iraq border.

Pro-Assad outlets reported that the USA -led coalition hit the Iranian-backed Imam Ali brigade.

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The Syrian Observatory said most of the eight people killed in the strikes appeared to be "non-Syrian".

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Separately, Syria's military supported by Russian Federation and Iranian-backed militias are fighting against the militant group only sporadically, preferring to instead focus their efforts against pro-democracy rebel factions across the country.

The U.S. -led coalition is also supporting the force with airstrikes.

"They are testing USA military resolve", he said.

The safe zones agreement in Syria came into effect this month.

Coalition officials said Russian forces had apparently unsuccessfully tried to dissuade the pro-regime movement south.

Military Times quotes officials describing the targeted militia as "pro-regime" but "not directly associated with the Syrian government". In April, US President Donald Trump ordered cruise-missile strikes in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack that Washington blamed on Damascus.


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