WASHINGTON — Syrian regime forces occupying five vehicles were targeted by US airstrikes after breaching a “de-confliction zone,” a US official told CNN Thursday, May 18th.
The strike was near a base in An Tanf used by the US-led coalition to train “Vetted Syrian Opposition” to aid the fight against ISIS.
Two US aircraft were dispatched as a “show of force” to get the Syrian vehicles to turn around. According to a US defense official, the vehicles did not stop and the show of force was escalated to include an airstrike. The official said at this time it is not clear if the strike was intended as a warning or intended to hit regime forces, who were militia tied to the regime as opposed to regular army troops.
A second US defense official said that an additional strike did hit the convoy after the vehicles continued toward the…
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