Aviation coalition, headed by the US, dealt a new blow to the Syrian Pro-government forces. The attack was carried out in Al-Tape. The news was reported by RIA Novosti, citing local media reports and a statement of the military command headquarters of the coalition forces.
The headquarters of the operation “Unwavering determination”, which is held by the coalition under U.S. auspices in Iraq and Syria, states that have been destroyed, “the additional forces that support the Syrian regime in the specified zone, avoid conflicts in southern Syria”.
“Despite previous warnings, supporting the regime forces have gone into the set area of avoid conflicts — we are talking about the tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, carrying weapons technical cars and more than 60 soldiers who posed a threat to coalition and partner forces, located in garrison in At-Tanta,” the statement said.
Pro-American leadership of the troops said that before the attack there were several warnings, after which the coalition forces “destroyed two pieces of artillery, one unit of anti-aircraft guns, and damaged the tank.”
According to the received preliminary data, two military men of army of SAR were killed and 15 were injured.
At the headquarters of the operation “Unwavering commitment” saying that they did not intend to fight with Pro-government forces, but said the coalition would “protect itself.”
“The coalition is not seeking to fight with the Syrian regime or Pro-regime forces, but still is ready to defend itself if that power refused to leave the area of conflict prevention,” said the Western military.
The coalition insists that its troops are in At-Tape for several months and train locals to fight against ISIS*.
U.S. President Donald Trump was informed about the attack on Pro-government forces, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
Moscow sharply enough responded to the incident. Representatives of the state apparatus of Russia condemned the air strikes on the Syrian army.
The head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that Russia will continue the policy of reconciliation in Syria, despite the actions of the United States.
“After the provocation in Idlib, it has to be expected, though we had hoped for common sense. Obviously that line is not against terrorists, but against Assad, unfortunately, continues. We will continue the policy of reconciliation and the establishment of zones of de-escalation,” said Slutsky.
First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich called the strike as “a direct joining of the coalition in an open military conflict” and said that Russia will immediately raise the issue of the extraordinary convocation of the UN Security Council.
This is not the first blow by the forces of the coalition led by the USA, which is directed against Pro-government forces in Syria. Earlier, a similar incident happened on May, 18 in the same area At-TANF. Then in the Pentagon, “the commander on the ground felt that these forces pose a threat to coalition forces”, and the strike came after repeated requests to retreat, demonstrative passage of air and warning shots. Recall, that neither the coalition forces nor the US were not officially invited to Syria for participation in military operations. Bashar al-Assad and the legitimate of the SAR government made an official appeal with the request to provide military assistance in the fight against terrorism to countries such as: Russia, Iran, Iraq and China.
Also, in April of this year, the U.S. military struck with cruise missiles at the airbase of the Syrian army Shirt, calling it a warning to Bashar al-Assad.
* – the organization is a terrorist organization banned in Russia, the DPR and the LPR
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