U.S. Launches First Airstrikes Against Syrian Ground Forces

[5/18/2017 4:38:40 PM]

AMMONNEWS - U.S. coalition forces on Thursday launched a series of airstrikes aimed at halting the advance of pro-Syrian regime ground forces against U.S.-backed rebels near the U.S. base at al-Tanf in the far east of Syria near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders. These are the first coalition strikes against pro-regime ground forces, and the first anti-regime strikes since the missile attack on Shayrat airbase last month. The initial statement from the coalition:

Initial reports suggest that the strikes took out a number of tanks and other vehicles, destroying lead elements of a convoy which was advancing down the Damascus-Baghdad highway after initially defeating U.S.-backed rebels. Iranian news media are reporting that “thousands” of Hezbollah troops have been deployed to the area against the rebels.

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