Syria Says US Airstrike Killed Several Soldiers Near Jordan

BEIRUT — A Syrian military official says an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan has killed several soldiers and caused material damage.

The unnamed official’s comments were carried Friday by Syrian state TV a day after the U.S.-led coalition said a U.S. airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan.

The attack was the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad.

The Syrian official did not give a number for how many soldiers were killed but said the Syrian army is fighting terrorism and no one has the right to decide which areas the army can carry out operations.

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May 18 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force targeted a convoy of vehicles belonging to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after they came within 18 miles of a secure U.S. base at al-Tanf, a training center for Syrian rebels.

The attack is the first since a series of bombings in April undertaken by the United States specifically targeting Assad’s forces for their use of chemical weapons against civilians.

CBS News reported the convoy of 27 government vehicles approached al-Tanf in southwestern Syria, where U.S. special forces are training Syrian rebels in the fight against Assad. Warplanes buzzed the convoy in an effort to get them to turn around. When they did not, the U.S. fighter jets targeted some of the Syrian vehicles and opened fire.

It was not clear if there were any casualties.

In a second incident near al-Tanf, U.S. fighter jets intercepted a Syrian SU-22 fighter-bomber that had entered air space near the base. There was no exchange of fire and the Syrian bomber turned around.

Syrian SU-22 fighter-bomber
Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) Sukhoi Su-22M-4 “Fitter” fighter-bomber

Al-Tanf was attacked previously by the Islamic State.

IS fighters also launched an offensive against Assad-held territory in the western province of Hama, seeking to take control of a strategic supply route leading to the nation’s largest city Aleppo. Unofficial accounts said the attack killed 50 people, including 12 civilians.

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2 Responses to “Syria Says US Airstrike Killed Several Soldiers Near Jordan”

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