U.S. strikes Assad-backed militia attacking coalition partner forces near remote Iraqi border

U.S. strikes Assad-backed militia attacking coalition partner forces near remote Iraqi border
New Syrian Army fighters capture At Tanf in March 2016. (Image via Twitter, Bosno Sinjić)

[Ed. – Most interesting.  Watch for developments on this.  Russian aircraft attacked U.S-backed rebels in this same area almost a year ago.  Now an Assad-linked “militia” force is attacking our partners there.  The “militia” is almost certainly the force from Lebanese Hezbollah mentioned in this 17 May post from the Middle East Institute, deployed by Iran to counter U.S.-backed forces in At-Tanf.  The maneuver fight for the corridors from Iraq to the Mediterranean looks to be heating up.  The maps at my top link are still extremely relevant — or even more so.]

The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country’s south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.

One of the U.S. officials said the strikes near the town of At Tanf destroyed at least one tank and a bulldozer, and another said it followed warning shots by U.S. aircraft meant to dissuade the fighters from advancing further.

A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebel forces told Reuters the strikes hit a convoy of Syrian and Iranian-backed militias that were heading toward a base used by U.S. and U.S.-supported forces.

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.

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