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U.S. strikes pro-Assad regime convoy near Syria's al-Tanf

U.S. strikes pro-Assad regime convoy near Syria's al-Tanf

The attack was the first such close confrontation between us forces and fighters backing President Bashar al-Assad.

On May 18, a U.S. defense official told Sputnik that the US-led coalition struck the pro-Assad fighters near the town of al-Tanaf in the area of an established deconfliction zone with Russian Federation.

"We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops", Mr Mattis said.

The strike is the second time this year the USA military has targeted Syrian forces.

When five Syrian military vehicles persisted in approaching the base, the US conducted a "show of force" with two warplanes to persuade them to halt.

In April, Daesh attacked the al-Tanf army base, where the U.S. Special Forces train Syrian fighters.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon refuels from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Feb. 15, 2017. It wasn't clear to CBS News on Thursday why the vehicles had breached the zone, but Giglio reported that the us strikes may have destroyed "regime and pro-regime militia vehicles".

The coalition said the strike came after unsuccessful "Russian attempts to dissuade Syrian pro-regime movement" as well as "a coalition aircraft show of force, and the firing of warning shots". Reuters reports that the us fired warning shots at some point before Thursday's strike.

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Russia has condemned a U.S. coalition attack on Wednesday that it claims had hit civilians, Russian news agencies reported.

The US military launched airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in southern Syria on Thursday, three US defense officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News. When the Syrians insisted on proceeding into the area, the USA planes were cleared to fire.

Still, the strikes would be the first against fighters aligned with Syria's Government since the U.S. waged cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base in April.

It added that "those who claim to be fighting terrorist groups, should not fire at the Syrian army because it's the legitimate force fighting the terrorist groups, but should direct their fire against the terrorist groups".

Media reports suggested that Syrian rebels have voiced concerns over the Syrian army getting "too close" to the US Special Forces' base in At Tanf.

At the time, administration officials insisted the airfield strike did not represent a change in USA strategy toward Syria, which has largely focused on the fight against ISIS.

It quotes another U.S. official as saying that a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles were headed toward At Tanf on Wednesday night, searching vehicles and buildings along the way.


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