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U.S. Warplanes Strike Pro-Assad Forces In Syria

May 18, 2017

On Thursday, a rebel official with a Pentagon-backed rebel group in Syria confirmed that U.S.-led coalition forces bombed pro-government forces in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that Muzahem al Saloum, from the Maghawir al Thwra group, said that coalition jets hit a convoy of Syrian and Iranian-backed militias that were on their way to the Tanf base where U.S. forces are based. Al Saloum added that the militia groups were about 17 miles away when the jets hit.

“We notified the coalition that we were being attacked by the Syrian army and Iranians in this point and the coalition came and destroyed the advancing convoy,” Saloum said, as quoted by Reuters.

A senior military official told the Washington Examiner that the convoy appeared to be “probing the zone.”

“They were trying to see how close they could get,” the official told the Washington Examiner.

As reported by the Examiner, the U.S. “went through a series of steps to try to get the convoy to turn back, beginning with a call to the Russians on a special deconfliction channel, followed by a “show of force” with a flyover of U.S. warplanes.”