The US-led Coalition on Tuesday launched renewed airstrikes targeting positions of the pro-Syrian regime forces, that advanced inside the well-established de-confliction zone in southern Syria.
“Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers posing a threat to Coalition and partner forces based at the At-Tanf Garrison,” the coalition said in an official statement on Tuesday.
“The Coalition issued several warnings via the de-confliction line prior to destroying two artillery pieces, an anti-aircraft weapon, and damaging a tank,” the coalition said.
This is not the first time the US-led coalition carries out air strikes against pro-Syrian government forces.
On May 18, the Coalition conducted a strike against pro-Syrian regime forces that had advanced a significant distance into the de-confliction zone, threatening the Coalition forces at At-Tanf base.
“Coalition forces have been operating in the At-Tanf area for many months, training and advising vetted Syrian partner forces engaged in the fight against ISIS,” the coalition said.
“The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces but remains ready to defend themselves if pro-regime forces refuse to vacate the de-confliction zone,” it said.
“The Coalition calls on all parties in southern Syria to focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security,” the coalition said.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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