Coalition Jets Strike Syrian Government-Allied Convoy

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The U.S.-led coalition bombed a convoy allied with the Syrian government Thursday after the convoy advanced too close to a base where American and British special forces train rebel fighters.

“A convoy going down the road didn’t respond to numerous ways for it to be warned off from getting too close to coalition forces” before it was struck, a U.S. official said.

The convoy of 27 tanks was struck by American jets when it moved within 15 miles of a coalition garrison at al-Tanf, a city in Southern Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders.

In recent days, Syrian forces, along with Iranian and allied Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, moved weapons closer to their front line with Free Syrian Army (FSA) units, including surface-to-air missiles. That was in an apparent warning to the coalition, who trains the FSA militants to fight ISIS and carries out air raids on the radical group in the area.

The convoy didn’t turn around after several attempts to force it to do so.

“Then there was finally a strike against the lead portion of that movement,” the official said, referring to vehicles at the front of the convoy.

Tanf is a strategically important area for both the Syrian regime and the American-led coalition, the former seeking to recapture the Damascus-Baghdad highway in order to link the regime to its Iraqi allies, and the latter using the city as a hub for its special forces training operations. The coalition hopes to use the fighters it trains to launch an assault on the ISIS-held city of Deir Ezzor.

A spokesman for the FSA’s Maghawir al-Thawra brigade, Mozahem al-Saloum, told the Telegraph that the fighters are trained to only fight the Islamic State, but were forced to “defensively” engage with the pro-regime forces.

“The regime and Iranians were not supposed to approach, yet today, the regime decided that they want to take over the al-Tanf border line and a main crossing point there, that’s when the SAA (Syrian Arab Army) and Iranians clashed [with] our troops,” al-Saloum added.

Russian and Syrian officials denounced the attack.

“It is illegitimate, it is unlawful and the latest gross violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to Tass, the Russian state-run news agency.

Though U.S. defense officials said Thursday that the convoy did not heed warnings to turn around, the Syrian state responded that the U.S. had no right to defend a base established without the permission of the sovereign government of Syria, nor to declare any area “off limits” to pro-regime forces.

The pro-Syrian regime militia, Sayyid al-Shuada, or the “Master of Martyrs,” released a statement condemning the attack and accusing the Americans of interfering in their operations against ISIS. The militia is also active in Iraq.

“Targeting our presence in Syria is targeting us in Iraq, too, and we will strike the enemy and its supporters everywhere,” the statement said.

Thursday’s assault on pro-regime forces was not the first; last September American planes bombed a Syrian government position near Deir Ezzor, reportedly killing more than 80 soldiers. Washington claims that strike was a result of a mis-identification of the troops stationed there, but the Syrian and Russian governments maintain the strike was intentional.

Subsequent reporting, however, has revealed discrepancies in the coalition’s account of the September strike:

The summary report on an investigation into U.S. and allied air strikes on Syrian government troops has revealed irregularities in decision-making consistent with a deliberate targeting of Syrian forces.

The report, released by U.S. Central Command on 29 November, shows that senior U.S. Air Force officers at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar, who were responsible for the decision to carry out the September airstrike at Deir Ezzor:

• misled the Russians about where the US intended to strike so Russia could not warn that it was targeting Syrian troops

• ignored information and intelligence analysis warning that the positions to be struck were Syrian government rather than Islamic State

• shifted abruptly from a deliberate targeting process to an immediate strike in violation of normal Air Force procedures

The strikes led to a collapse of a ceasefire agreement then in place, a move both the Syrian and Russian governments believe was deliberate.

In the latest attack on pro-regime forces, the United States has once again created unnecessary risk of confrontation with the Syrian government, adding to an already tense relationship between the two countries.

The American coalition and the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance both share the goal of expelling the Islamic state from its urban strongholds in Syria, but significant cooperation between the two camps remains highly unlikely after the incident on Thursday.

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  • may you live in interesting times..

    • Oingo Boingo

      We do seem to be suffering that Chinese curse.

  • Milly Vanilly

    BUT…If that were a convoy of isis armaments, the U.S. would have dropped flyers to them warning of a strike within 24 hours.
    I don’t comprehend that the MSM/globalists REALLY think ANYONE buys their Monkey & banana routine ANYMORE.

  • dav1bg

    So why are we training ISIS / Al-Qaida? In Syria, and fighting them in Afghanistan? This situation has a bad odor.

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  • Oingo Boingo

    Assad is winning against ISIS.
    Assad is the legitimate ruler of Syria.
    Syria does not have a Rothschild/Warburg private Central Bank.
    Libya used to not have a R/W private Central Bank. So did The USA a long time ago.
    ZIO ruled USA and UK sends military to attack pro-Assad forces, because lack of a Cental Bank is annoying to (((rats and snakes))).
    Propaganda about hanged and cremated ISIS rebels (boo-hoo if true) spews forth from ZIO agitprop sewer. Too extreme to be believable. ZIO overreach again.
    USA Figurehead ZIO Stooge in Chief’s daughter cries and sniffles about dead Syrian babies, ignorant of how they got that way, and has Daddy bomb a Syrian airbase because of…sadness and something or other.
    Ball and Spine deficient USA military commanders are happy to get some more live fire practice, despite having plenty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and gawdknows where else.
    Military/Industrial/Financial scum now overjoyed at profit potential of a brand new Big War, no doubt involving Russia, and a timely escape from fiduciary accountability for an unpayable debt and an oncoming Crash.
    Jet Wrecker McCain puts away the Viagra because it’s not needed anymore since his BFFs, ISIS, get a big break and can continue slaughtering Christians and other Muslims, but never jews or Israelis. Jet Wrecker now sports Perma Wood for all to see.
    Ruling (((Khazarian Mafia))) couldn’t be happier
    Failed Republic ???
    Decline of Empire ???
    That’s putting it mildly.
    The sooner this Federal phony ass “Union” mess breaks up, like The USSR broke up, and we Balkanize into Affinity States, the better.
    Salt on the wound: Croaking Toad (((Dual Citizen)) Lieberman, 9/11 co-conspirator with (((Dual Citizen))) Cryptkeeper Chertoff may become Director FBI.
    Isn’t that just Extra Special Great ?
    Enjoy your sticks in your eyes.
    MAGA…my ass.
    It’s MIGA…Make Israel Greater Again…
    with OUR Blood and Treasure.

    • anewera

      You forgot to mention the oil pipeline that they want to build going across Syria.

  • windsor1

    Let me see if I can understand this! America is fighting ISIS. Syria is fighting ISIS. Syria has not attacked the US nor invited the US into Syria. The US presence in Syria is therefore a violation of International Law. So the US is protecting ISIS by attacking a Syrian convoy and therefore Syria and Russia are part of the axis of evil. Propaganda is very confusing.

  • f16hoser

    With Russia as an ally, who needs enemies?

    • Oingo Boingo

      Delete: Russia
      Insert: Israel

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