The AMERICAN air strikes that targeted pro-Assad troops in Syria is a “blatant aggression” that demonstrated “the reality of the Zionist-American project in the region,” a Syrian military official said Friday, condemning the attack on the state TV.
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The air strikes came in response to the pro-Syrian government forces that are a threat to AMERICAN troops and partner troops near the border with Jordan, the coalition said. It was the first such strike since the US Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat Airbase in April.
The Syrian official said the most recent strikes killed several soldiers, but the US can not confirm that. CENTCOM stated that the air raids destroyed two front-end loaders, a piece of construction equipment, a tactical vehicle and a tank.
The attack comes at a time when the presence of the US in Syria is becoming more and more visible, especially in the north, where the Us forces to back Kurdish forces under the leadership of the fight against the Islamic State terror network.
The coalition said: “apparent” Russian attempts to stop pro-government troops from moving in the direction of Tanf region, where the borders of Jordan, Syria and Iraq meet, as well as of warning shots and a show of force, had failed. The coalition commander on the ground, after performances of violence does not stop with the regime forces, called for the airstrike as a matter of security. The Tanf area was considered as a conflict zone between the US and Russia, as part of an agreement that came into effect earlier this month.
The officials of the V. S., and Syrian activists said that the airstrike took place in the Tanf desert along a highway near the border with Jordan, although it was unclear or seemed to be the Syrian army, or simply militias affiliated with the government.
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Secretary of defense Jim Mattis told reporters the U.S. would defend its troops in the event of an “aggressive” action against them.
The Syrian military official not say how many soldiers were killed, but the Syrian Observatory for human Rights said the air raid destroyed vehicles and killed eight gunmen.
The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media COMMITTEE) said that there was an agreement between Syria, Russia and Iran, and about how to move forward in the fight against ISIS in the desert near the Iraqi border, a location the Syrian government has promised to achieve. A road between Iraq and Syria would facilitate the flow of support from Iran, which strongly supports Assad.
“The Americans have no right to indicate the direction in which the Syrian army moved because the owner of the land and has the right to distribute in the country the sovereignty over the whole country,” the COMMITTEE said. It added that the US asked Russia to pressure the Syrian army to stay nine miles away from their “illegal bases in Tanf.”
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A US official said that pro-Assad “forces must now draw outside of the established the conflict prevention zone to avert further Coalition action and remove the threat of our forces.” The official added that the armed forces of the U.S.-led coalition will continue to defend itself against ISIS or any other threat to the Coalition or together forces in the area.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.