Russia, Syria blast USA strikes targeting anti-Daesh forces

Russia, Syria blast USA strikes targeting anti-Daesh forces

The U.S. military carried out the strike on the militia as they headed towards the al-Tanf military base in southern Syria - near the Syria-Iraq-Jordan border - used by U.S. and U.S. -backed rebel forces.

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".

Syrian state media provided no precise figures about the number of casualties, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed in the attack.

A USA official told The Associated Press that pro-government "forces must now withdraw outside of the established de-confliction zone to avert further Coalition action and remove the threat to our forces".

There were no immediate details on any civilian injuries.

According to a BuzzFeed News reporter, Syrian rebels based with the US Special Forces in the area said that militia supporting the Syrian army has been nearby as well.

The strike took place after the convoy violated a de-confliction zone near the Jordanian border.

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"We discussed the massacre that the USA aggressor committed yesterday in our country".

Last month, US-led allied forces and Syrian rebels thwarted a significant IS attack on the base.

America has been militarily involved in Syria since 2014 but has for the most part avoided engaging directly in the country's civil war.

"Coalition forces have been operating in the At Tanf area for many months training and advising vetted partner forces engaged in the fight against ISIS", the statement said.

"We conducted a show of force".

They captured the remote town of Sabaa Biyar near the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway in an attempt to prevent areas left by Islamic State hardline militants in March from falling into the hands of Western-backed moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels.

Elsewhere in Syria on May 18, IS attacked several government-held villages in central Syria, capturing at least one of them. Trump was once skeptical about USA -backed anti-Assad rebels, saying in a 2015 debate that "we have no idea who they are", that many may in fact be ISIS, and that in any event "we can't be fighting ISIS and fighting Assad".

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