Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Syria, Russia Criticize US-Led Strikes Near Jordanian Border

Syria, Russia Criticize US-Led Strikes Near Jordanian Border

The strike took place in At Tanf near Syria's border with Jordan and Iraq, the official said.

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

As BuzzFeed News reported last week, US Special Forces are deployed at the base with a unit of Syrian rebels.

"We are deeply anxious about the erosion of the emerging understanding of the need to combine efforts of all those who confront terrorists" such as the IS and al-Qaida's branch in Syria, Lavrov said.

"Whatever the reason for the US command to make this decision, this strike is illegitimate and unlawful".

NY [U.S.], May 19: The U.S.forces in Syria have bombed pro-Bashar al-Assad convoy at Tanf base that were advancing well inside an "established de-confliction zone".

A USA defence official told the FT the U.S. carried out a strike in southern Syria on Thursday. Since then it has seen massive worldwide involvement and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and has resulted in almost 500,000 casualties, over 4 million refugees, and over 7 million internally displaced people.

The strike was near a base in An Tanf used by the US-led coalition to train "Vetted Syrian Opposition" to aid the fight against ISIS.

CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reported the us struck Syrian regime vehicles that violated a deconfliction zone set up around the al-Tanf an army base.

In a statement, the coalition said it had struck "pro-regime forces... that posed a threat to U.S. and partner forces".

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".

Plans to establish de-confliction zones for Syria were guaranteed by Iran, Russia and Turkey in their most recent peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.

So U.S. military commanders, at an air command center in Qatar, called their Russian counterparts on a special hotline set up to ensure the two countries' pilots do not mistakenly run into - or fire upon - one another in the skies above Syria. Especially if such actions are committed against the Syrian armed forces.

Coalition warplanes targeted a convoy of Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militia close to the Iraq border on Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes killed eight people "most of them non-Syrian" and destroyed four vehicles.

Earlier on Thursday, pro-Iranian government media outlets had reported that 3,000 Hezbollah fighters were deployed to the al-Tanf region to protect the area from "US interests".

The first official said the convoy was "significant" in size, but only the lead vehicles were hit.

Describing the hours-long event as an "escalation-of-force situation", the official said it did not signal a strategic shift for the coalition, which remains focused on fighting the ISIS group. Prior to the chemical attack in April, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others indicated that Assad may remain in power as part of a deal to end the ongoing civil war.

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