27 Jul '17, 10pm

US parts ways with Syrian partner force involved in ISIS fight

US parts ways with Syrian partner force involved in ISIS fight

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has parted ways with a Syrian rebel group that has been involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria. The Shohada Al Quartyan, a small Sunni Arab tribe from the Syrian Desert, fought against President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces before joining the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition. The fighters are one of several coalition partner groups at a garrison at Tanf, a small town in southeastern Syria on the border with Iraq. They have received training from U.S. and UK troops, as well as equipment. But U.S. officials have disavowed recent actions of the rebel group. The Shohada Al Quartyan “unilaterally and without U.S. support, permission or coordination, conducted a patrol outside the agreed upon de-escalation zone [around Tanf] , and engaged in activities not focused on fighting ISIS,” said Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesperson f...

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