US attacks pro-Assad troops in Syria

In April, Daesh terrorists attempted to take the USA base near At Tanf in which three US-backed Syrian rebels were killed.

Russia has denounced and called “absolutely unacceptable” a US-led coalition strike against a convoy of Syrian forces that violates Syria ” s sovereignty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

“This is not only an attack in Syria and against Syria, but also against Geneva [negotiations]”. It marked the first such strike since U.S. Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat Airbase in April.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began following anti-government demonstrations in 2011.

There have been no immediate reports on possible casualties as a result of the air raid.

The coalition strikes reportedly occurred near At Tanf town, where US’ and British special operations forces have been training Syrian rebel fighters near the border with Iraq and Jordan.

Western intelligence sources told Reuters that U.S. and British special forces are expanding the Tanf base to oust Islamic State militants from the eastern province of Deir Zor, that straddles Iraq, from the south east of Syria.

“Again and again we see the desire and confirmation of this desire as for the deployment of oppositionists and some extremists, including from Jabhat al-Nusra, to fight against the legitimate government of Syria“, Lavrov said commenting on the United States strike.

The strike was near a base in An Tanf, which is used by the coalition to train vetted Syrian opposition to help fight against Isis. “The agreed upon de-confliction zone agreement remains in effect”, it added.

The US military launched airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in southern Syria on Thursday, three US defense officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Rebel sources have warned of advances by Syrian army and Iranian-backed militia in the region near the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway, which was once a major weapons supply route for Iranian weapons.

Coalition planes struck a convoy, which included four tanks, on Thursday as it came within 17 miles of a Maghaweer al-Thawra faction of rebels opposing the Syrian government.

“The strike was not a change in policy”, but rather an instance of the commander on the ground calling for force protection, according to a third official.

Pro-Assad Shiite militias backed by Iran have historically operated in the area of the At Tanf base, CNN reported.

US-led warplanes hit the pro-government convoy as it headed towards a remote western-backed rebel garrison near the border with Jordan.

The official cited by Syrian state TV only mentioned “one of our military points” being targeted, without providing further detail.