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    US-Led Coalition Strike on Syrian Army Military Point Near al-Tanf (33)

    The US-led coalition said in a statement after bombing pro-Syrian government forces for the third time near al-Tanf that it doesn't aim to fight against the Syrian army or Russia.

    The #Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces. However, we remain ready to defend ourselves against any threat," the coalition said on Twitter.

    The coalition's spokesman added that the Syrian opposition supported by the US would stay near al-Tanf until Daesh terrorist group is defeated.

    The US-led coalition also voiced concern over the "hostility" of pro-Syrian government militia in Syria and vowed to take security measures.

    The statement comes following the US-led coalition's strikes on pro-Damascus forces near al-Tanf in the area of a deconfliction zone following an alleged attack by a combat drone resulting in no coalition forces' casualties. The coalition targeted the drone and trucks with weapons.

    On May 18, the US-led coalition struck pro-Assad fighters near the town of al-Tanf in the area of an established deconfliction zone with Russia. The coalition strikes occurred near al-Tanf, where US' and British special operations forces have been training Syrian rebel fighters near the border with Iraq and Jordan. Russia slammed the move as a violation of international law.

    On June 6, the Pentagon announced the coalition conducted a new strike on pro-Syrian government forces as they entered the de-confliction zone with Russia and posed threat to its personnel. The force comprised of a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers. A Syrian source told Sputnik on Tuesday that at least two Syrian servicemen were killed and more than 15 injured as a result of the coalition attack.

    The United States and Russia signed the bilateral memorandum of understanding in October 2015 to ensure their flight safety during combat missions over Syria.

    US-Led Coalition Strike on Syrian Army Military Point Near al-Tanf (33)


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