June 7, 2017
For the second time in less than three weeks, the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition on Tuesday bombed forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after they entered an area near the Syria-Jordan-Iraq border where the U.S. is training local forces to take on ISIS.
A statement from the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition said the pro-regime forces entered a declared “de-confliction zone” with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed vehicles and more than 60 personnel, “posing a threat to Coalition and partner forces based at the At Tanf Garrison.”
After issuing several warnings, the coalition had conducted airstrikes against the forces, destroying two artillery pieces and an anti-aircraft weapon, and damaging a tank.
“The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces but remains ready to defend themselves if pro-regime forces refuse to vacate the de-confliction zone,” it said.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:08 am