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‘Blatant’ US strike in western Syria's al-Tanf was deadly, state media

By Rudaw 19/5/2017
A Syrian Army BMP-1 on a Mercedes tank transporter in Deir ez-Zor. Photo: Bassem Tellawi | AP
A Syrian Army BMP-1 on a Mercedes tank transporter in Deir ez-Zor. Photo: Bassem Tellawi | AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A Syrian military official confirmed that a US air strike in the area of al-Tanf this week killed a number of people, according state-run news.

SANA, Syria’s state-run news agency, reported that the unnamed Syrian military official  said the “blatant” attack left a number of people dead, in addition to causing material damage.

"The Coalition struck Syrian pro-regime forces advancing in a deconfliction zone near At Tanf posing a threat to US partner forces," the US-led Coalition wrote in a tweet. "This was despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards At Tanf, Coalition aircraft's show of force and warning shots."

The US has been backing the Maghawir and Jaysh al-Thawra fighters in the near the Syria, Jordan, Iraq border. The area is called al-Waleed in Iraq. The US maintains a garrison in the area that is used to train fighters.

The strike would just be the second strike against Syrian-regime loyal forces by the US in the six-year-long civil war. Iran and Russia have been President Bashar al-Assad’s primary backers. The two countries, in addition to Turkey, planned to implement de-escalation zones after their May 2 meeting in Astana, although the enforcement mechanism remains unclear.

The SANA source added that “those who claim to be fighting [ISIS and al-Qaeda] should direct strikes against them and not against the Syrian Arab Army, which is the only legitimate force that is fighting terrorism along with its allies and friends.”

 

Reuters reported Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying the US strike had violated Syria's sovereignty and would not help efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Friday that US President Donald Trump has authorized commanders in the field to conduct some strikes without direct Pentagon approval, a shift from the previous administration.

Comments

 
Dutchman | 19/5/2017
The Assad regime and the mainly shiite Iraqi government want to control the border between Syria and Iraq. And Iran wants a free shiite road to the mediteranian. That will not happen. The US already gave a clear message to Turkey by arming the YPG and yesterday it gave a clear message to Assad and Iran. There is not room for the Astana gang in Syrias democratic future, to be implemented by the SDF, the US and their many allies.
guest | 20/5/2017
""The Coalition struck Syrian pro-regime forces advancing in a deconfliction zone near At Tanf posing a threat to US partner forces," the US-led Coalition wrote in a tweet. "This was despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards At Tanf, Coalition aircraft's show of force and warning shots."" except of course it was not one of the stated deconfliction zones see: https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/277.jpg and of course Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards At Tanf never actually happened as stated is in fact fiction as russia already confirmed. also to make light of "The strike would just be the second strike against Syrian-regime loyal forces by the US in the six-year-long civil war" that is in fact two direct declarations of war against a sovereign state by a US party that have no legal rights to invade this syrian sovereign state, and has no treaties or international law etc giving it the right to even be in anothers sovereign state uninvited, aka all uninvited states and their people are illegally invading and occupying in this case the syrian sovereign state against laws of war etc...
Abu | 20/5/2017
While not invited by Assad but invited by the Kurds i Syria to help fight ISIS. Just like Turkey not invited by Assad but by the millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Kurdo | 20/5/2017
Sunni and Shia bullshit, the world is laughing at you. Entire middleeast is a shithole because of Islam. Islam is dead when you give 100% equal right to both genders. Islam is based on the female. Its something to have written law about equal rights and really follow it. PKK is 100% when it does stuff. We have no issues with the west and Israel, we wish to live normal lifes like they do in the west and Israel. We make great allies.
Non kurd | 21/5/2017
If true... then it's great news. The Assad terror regime deserves to be wiped out. Of course, the Cowardly dog assad will never retaliate against United States.... he'll only attack unarmed protestors.
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