DAMASCUS – British special forces have appeared for the first time at the battlefront against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.
At least ten soldiers of the British special forces appeared on four vehicles heavily equipped with weapons at the anti-ISIS battlefront in the vicinity of the Al Tanaf base in southeastern Syria, according to pictures released by the BBC on Monday.
“The pictures, which date from June, follow an attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on the moderate rebel New Syrian Army base of Al Tanaf on the Syria-Iraq border. The British soldiers appear to be securing the base’s perimeter,” the BBC reported.
Although they were carrying an arsenal of equipment including sniper rifles, heavy machine guns and anti-tank missiles, local sources said that the British special forces were playing a defensive role at the Al Tanaf base–where heavy fighting took place between the Syrian rebels and ISIS militants.
Those images represent the first direct evidence of the British involvement in Syria rather than just training rebels in Jordan.
“We are receiving special forces training from our British and American partners. We’re also getting weapons and equipment from the Pentagon as well as complete air support,” a spokesman for the New Syrian Army said, while refusing to comment on the images.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News
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