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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 Syria

    US-Led Coalition Dismisses Reports of Leaving Base Near Syria’s Al-Tanf

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    The reports that the US-led coalition fighting the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) is leaving the training base near At Tanf in Syria are baseless, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson told Sputnik on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Local media reported on Wednesday that the United States was planning to leave the training base near the Iraqi border, and the Russian military would take over it.

    "These reports are unfounded," the spokesperson said. "The coalition controlled area within the established deconfliction zone near al-Tanf remains an important area in which coalition special operations forces train and equip, advise, assist, accompany and enable Vetted Syrian Opposition (VSO) groups."

    The spokesperson added that the training helps such groups as the Maghawir al-Thawra (MaT) to fight Daesh in the Jordan-Syria-Iraq border area in south Syria.

    In June, the coalition said it would not leave the al-Tanf garrison until Daesh is defeated.

    Earlier in July The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump decided to end the CIA's program to arm and train Syrian opposition fighters.

    The US-led coalition has twice struck Syrian-government aligned forces in al-Tanf area, which later became part of the US-Russia agreement on de-confliction zone's creation in southern Syria.

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