Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Syria airstrike: USA military bombs pro-Assad forces

Syria airstrike: USA military bombs pro-Assad forces

U.S. officials told Reuters that the usa military carried out the air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to United States forces and US-backed Syrian fighters in the country's south.

The airstrike is at least the third time that U.S. forces have fired on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's increasingly crowded war zone.

It's not clear why regime forces were operating in this area.

According to USA military commanders, the strike was carried out in response to the entry of the regime-allied forces into a "de-escalation zone" in which US and allied forces were operating.

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".

Meanwhile, in another development in the ongoing Syrian Civil War, ISIS forces committed atrocities against military servicemen and civilians in the Hama province in Central Syria.

USA -led troops helped repel a major IS attack on Tanf last month, while Russian warplanes bombed the base in June 2016.

At least 15 civilians were among 52 people also killed in fighting in the central province of Hama Thursday, following a major offensive by Islamic State, according to the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside war-torn Syria.

USA military forces launched new airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting pro-Assad forces in the southern part of the country, reported BuzzFeed News.

The strike by the anti-ISIL coalition came as the United Nations said Syria's government and rebels had agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues" at the latest round of UN-backed peace talks in Geneva.

The rebels being trained at al-Tanf are from a number of Arab rebel groups, referred to by the U.S.as Vetted Syrian Opposition, or VSO, who oppose both the Assad regime and ISIS.

The US-led coalition commander first attempted to get the pro-Assad forces out of the zone by dispatching two US aircraft as "a show of force".

After a convoy of about twenty vehicles including tanks and bulldozers entered the deconfliction zone, U.S aircraft fired warning shots.

The Syrian regime claimed the bombardment killed a number of people and said it revealed the "falseness" of the coalition's claim to be exclusively fighting Islamic State (IS) in the war-torn country.

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.

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