30 May '17, 10pm

A showdown is looming between the U.S., Syria and Iran at Tanf

U.S. aircraft over the weekend dropped a series of leaflets around the Tanf border crossing between Syria and Iraq, warning pro-Syrian regime militia to avoid the deconfliction zone around a small base there. Officials at the Pentagon have acknowledged that pro-regime forces are active in the area and were conducting armed patrols in the vicinity of Tanf. U.S. and British Special Forces use the facility to train Syrian opposition forces for the fight against ISIS, according to U.S. Central Command officials. The deconfliction zone encompasses a 55-kilometer radius around the base. “These patrols and the continued armed and hostile presence of pro-regime forces inside the deconfliction zone are unacceptable and threatening to coalition forces,” said a CENTCOM official. The massing of hundreds of pro-regime forces outside of Tanf was described as dangerous and a “direct thre...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/a-showdown-is-loomi...

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