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    In this photo taken on Tuesday May 23, 2017, provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group, the Hammurabi's Justice News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a U.S.-backed anti-government Syrian fighter form Maghaweer al-Thawra stands on a vehicle with heavy automatic machine gun, left, next of an American soldier who also stands on his armored vehicle, right, as they take their position at the Syrian-Iraqi crossing border point of Tanf, south SyriaA US-led coalition of over 60 nations managed to stop the offensive of Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Syria and Iraq, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director said Sunday.

    US State Dept. on Strike on Syrian Troops: 'We Do Not See This as an Escalation'

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    The United States Department of State said Washington does not see the airstrikes by the Coalition forces against pro-Syrian troops as an attempt to escalate the situation in the region.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States does not consider strikes against pro-Syrian government forces near At Tanf an escalation of tensions, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Thursday.

    "We do not see this as an escalation," Nauert told reporters when asked about the strikes.

    Earlier on Thursday, the US-led coalition fighting Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) conducted the third strike against pro-Syrian government forces within a deconfliction zone near At Tanf. The coalition also destroyed a pro-Syrian government drone, similar in size to a US MQ-1 Predator, which dropped munitions on a coalition patrol.


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