Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

New US strike in Syria undermines anti-terrorism effort: Russian official

New US strike in Syria undermines anti-terrorism effort: Russian official

A new air strike on the Syrian government troops by the US-led coalition is yet another proof of Washington's non-constructive stance that undermines possibilities for anti-terrorism cooperation in the region, Russian officials said.

According to earlier reports, the global coalition led by the United States, conducted an air strike on a Syrian government convoy.

"This brazen attack by the so-called global coalition exposes the falseness of its claims to be fighting terrorism", it added.

The Damscus-Baghdad highway was a major weapons supply route for Iranian weapons into Syria until Islamic State seized territory along the Iraqi Syrian border, regional intelligence sources says. "The Syrian Arab Army will. not be intimidated by the attempts of the so-called coalition to stop it from performing its sacred duties".

"[On Wednesday (local time)] the Coalition struck Syrian pro-regime forces advancing in a deconfliction zone near At Tanf posing a threat to U.S. partner forces", the US-led Coalition wrote in a tweet.

"Such actions that were carried out against the Syrian armed forces. this is completely unacceptable, this is a breach of Syrian sovereignty", deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov was quoted as saying by state-run RIA Novosti in Geneva.

It was not immediately clear if the strikes hit Syrian government forces or their proxies.

The official statement said that Russian Federation had made "apparent" attempts to "dissuade Syrian pro-regime movement south toward At Tanf", but that those efforts were "unsuccessful".

Syrian state media gave no precise toll in the attack, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, reported eight killed "most of them non-Syrian".

Muzahem al Saloum, from the Maghawir al Thwra group, told Reuters that the jets struck after some rebel forces clashed with Syrian and Iranian militias after they had advanced to about 17 miles (27 km) from the base.

Said Seif, an official with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army Shahid Ahmed Abdo rebel group, said the US intervention will help the rebels to hold their ground against any future incursions by the army and its Iranian backed militias.

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