(ANTIMEDIA) — The U.S.-led coalition in Syria launched a new round of airstrikes on Tuesday against forces loyal to the Syrian government. The U.S. has said these forces threatened the U.S. and partnered forces based in southern Syria.
“Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers,” the coalition said in a statement, as reported by Reuters.
For Anti-Media’s regular readers, the strike should come as no surprise, as just yesterday we reported that an Iranian-backed militia operating under the banner of the Syrian Arab Army have been amassing near a U.S. training base in the al-Tanf region.
This is the second time these pro-regime forces have been struck by the U.S.-led coalition in less than a month.
A report published in April this year by the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, a leading security analysis agency, found that the majority of ISIS’ battles between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, were fought against the Syrian military and its associated forces (such as the ones now repeatedly being struck by the U.S. military).
Striking these troops makes no sense in the wider context of attempting to defeat ISIS, but it does make perfect sense within the broader U.S. agenda, which aims to take control of the region and further weaken the Syrian government, a secular government that has been embroiled in a six-year battle with hardline extremists.
According to regional outlet al-Masdar, the Syrian Arab Army and associated forces have struck back against the U.S. military by attacking U.S.-backed forces on the ground. According to the report, the Syrian military seized several key points from U.S.-backed forces in rural Damascus.
Since you’re here…
…We have a small favor to ask. Fewer and fewer people are seeing Anti-Media articles as social media sites crack down on us, and advertising revenues across the board are quickly declining. However, unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall because we value open and accessible journalism over profit — but at this point, we’re barely even breaking even. Hopefully, you can see why we need to ask for your help. Anti-Media’s independent journalism and analysis takes substantial time, resources, and effort to produce, but we do it because we believe in our message and hope you do, too.
If everyone who reads our reporting and finds value in it helps fund it, our future can be much more secure. For as little as $1 and a minute of your time, you can support Anti-Media. Thank you. Click here to support us