New York, May 19: The U.S. sent aircraft striked Syrian regime vehicles on Thursday that violated a deconfliction zone set up around al-Tanf, an army base where Special Forces train Syrian militias. The American strike, corroborated by both pro- and anti-government fighters on the ground, was at least the third time in recent months that the United States military has attacked forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
Low-flying American aircraft buzzed the convoy and fired a warning strike, trying to get the vehicles to reverse course, the Pentagon officials said, but when the convoy continued, the planes opened fire.“We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops,” told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Iranian-backed militias fighting alongside the Syrian government, including the Lebanese group Hezbollah and a number of Iraqi groups, have moved hundreds of fighters east toward Deir al-Zour in recent days. Syrian government forces have also moved toward Deir al-Zour. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, reported that Islamic State fighters attacked the Salamiyah district of west-central Syria between the government-controlled cities of Aleppo and Homs, and that 52 people were killed, many of them civilians including at least five children. It is called the Islamic State attacks the worst in Salamiyah in two years.