At Least One Syrian Soldier Killed in 'Coalition Strike'

W460

At least one Syrian soldier was killed and seven others wounded in a U.S.-led coalition strike in central Syria late Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based monitor said the bombing raid targeted a Syrian government position in a desert area in the central province of Homs.

"There was a vehicle moving around that gathering point, which lies just 20 kilometers away from Al-Tanf," the Observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. 

"The vehicle and the position were both targeted," he told AFP. One Syrian soldier was killed and another seven were wounded, according to Abdel Rahman.

Al-Tanf is a garrison located along Syria's southeastern border with Jordan and is used by U.S.-led coalition forces to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State group.

But there are Syrian government troops and allied fighters from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon positioned near the zone. 

To keep them from interfering with the anti-IS efforts, the coalition has agreed with regime ally Russia to a 55-kilometer de-confliction zone around Al-Tanf. 

The U.S. has carried out raids against regime forces and its allies if it found they were getting too close to the zone. 

On Thursday, the Pentagon told AFP there was a brief clash but denied it had carried out a strike and said there were no casualties. 

Spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group Maghawir al-Thawra and coalition advisers "within the de-confliction zone near al-Tanf were engaged by an unidentified hostile force located just outside the de-confliction zone."

The rebels and coalition advisers "returned fire in self-defense, at which time the hostile force disengaged," Rankine-Galloway said.

The incident came after a deadly air strike on Sunday evening on the border town of Al-Hari in eastern Syria, near the frontier with Iraq. 

Fifty-five fighters including Syrians and Iraqis were killed. A U.S. official speaking anonymously in Washington blamed Israel.

The raid was particularly deadly for the Iraqi fighters working alongside the Syrian regime. Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force said 22 of its members were among those killed.

Placed under the authority of the Iraqi premier, these forces include groups close to Iran, including the Hezbollah Brigades, which lost fighters in the strikes.

In recent months, Israel has stepped up its military incursions against arch-foe Iran's forces in Syria.

On May 24, 12 pro-regime fighters died in an air raid against Syrian army positions south of Abu Kamal, a town a few kilometers from the Iraq border.

The Syrian Observatory and Syrian state media had attributed the strike to the coalition although this was denied by the Pentagon.

On February 7, the coalition admitted to killing at least 100 pro-regime fighters in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, including Russians.

It has been bombing IS in both Syria and neighboring Iraq since 2014.

Comments 13
Thumb galaxy 22 June 2018, 15:43

Good Riddance

Thumb s.o.s 22 June 2018, 15:46

Excellent news. Keep doing that !

Thumb Mystic 22 June 2018, 17:07

No no, this is the real good news here.
Meanwhile in Yemen, around the Hudaydah Airport that you claimed to have "captured"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGU-a-flHV4&t=

Thumb justin 22 June 2018, 18:10

lol
lol
lol

Even your Al Huthi itself has acknowledged the loss of the airport to the coalition. According to you Mocha is still under iranian control too:)

Thumb Mystic 22 June 2018, 18:34

According to you, Assad would've fallen after 1 month, but yet he still stands and your Salafis lost in Syria.

Houdaydah Airport is in the Ansarullah hands, the Saudi Israeli/American army only entered parts of it and were ousted.

Thumb Mystic 22 June 2018, 18:36

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/21/565657/Yemen-Houthi-Hudaydah

Thumb s.o.s 22 June 2018, 19:06

What happens when you roast then soak a Huthi in water? You get a mocha coffee lol

A good Huthi is a roasted Huthi!

Thumb janoubi 22 June 2018, 19:07

Yes ya iraní keep make believe!

lol @ 'the Saudi Israeli/American army only entered parts of it and were ousted.'

Thumb roflmfao 22 June 2018, 22:24

Mystic my friend you are confused. The story was that Bashar was in control and that the revolution will be over by Tuesday. We were told that live on TV from Rabieh by a dude that looks suspiciously like our current president complete with the trademark xtrem comb-over.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 June 2018, 19:50

Iranian PressTV just reported Iran won the World Cup.

Thumb s.o.s 22 June 2018, 19:54

Hahahaha good one!

Thumb justin 22 June 2018, 21:26

:)

Thumb roflmfao 22 June 2018, 22:27

..and the Mystic phenomenon goes on. Only comment on stories related to Iran's mercenaries and friends.