Circling around US embeds, Syrian forces reach Iraq border

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

American forces have repeatedly asked the Russian military, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, to relay the message to pro-Syrian government forces to stay outside a 35-mile perimeter established around the Tanf base.

The pro-regime forces were struck after entering the deconfliction zone around At Tanf and ignoring repeated warnings to turn back.

He then explained that the Iranian Regime forces are effectively trapping the USA ad allied forces.

The drone "was armed and still had weapons on it when it was sacked upon by U.S. forces from an aircraft", Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the anti-Isis coalition, told Pentagon reporters on Thursday. Moscow has called on the US-led coalition to use "care" when planning airstrikes against ISIS in Syria to prevent civilian deaths, foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova was quoted by news agencies as saying.

Davis said the USA and Russian Federation have communicated over the past several days both over an established deconfliction line and at senior military levels.

"As long as pro-regime forces are oriented toward coalition and partnered forces the potential for conflict is escalated", it added in a statement.

In all three instances - May 18, Tuesday and Thursday - the coalition targeted armed vehicles, tanks and construction vehicles that could be used to establish defensive positions. The Pentagon has only described them as "pro-regime" and did not mention Iran in its official statement on the drone strike.

"They have not presented a threat".

This was the third coalition strike in recent weeks against pro-regime forces near At Tanf and it comes days after a highly unusual move from the coalition where they permitted a pro-regime Syrian aircraft to conduct an airstrike inside a restricted zone in southern Syria where American forces were stationed. The bomb dropped was "a dud" and did not injure or kill any US -backed fighters, Davis said. During his visit to Saudi Arabia he said, "all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran".

On Thursday, coalition forces struck "technical vehicles" advancing towards At-Tanaf and threatening coalition and partner forces, the US Central Command said.

Meanwhile, Iranians sense an opportunity from the instability in Syria to create a continuous land bridge from Iran to the Mediterranean, according to O'Hanlon.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 25 overnight airstrikes on Raqqa killed 17 people, including 12 at an internet cafe.

Earlier this week the US bombed similar forces inside the protected zone, after they came under attack by another unaffiliated group of Syrian rebels.

The concern is that such strikes could take away attention from the fight against Islamic State militants.

"A group of IS thugs tried to reverse our advances but coalition airplanes came to our support", Siwar Rozh, an SDF fighter, told VOA.

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