Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

US strike hits pro-Assad forces Syria

US strike hits pro-Assad forces Syria

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it hit pro-Syrian government forces near the border with Jordan that "posed a threat" to U.S. forces and rebel groups in the area.

"Iran and its militias have kept (President Bashar-al) Assad in power". He was asked if the airstrike increases the USA role in the Syrian war.

A Pentagon official said USA military jets targeted a pro-regime Shia militia armed and equipped by the Assad government and "deemed a threat to us partners near Jordan", Stars and Stripes reports.

"A convoy going down the road didn't respond to numerous ways for it to be warned off from getting too close to coalition forces in Al Tanaf", added the official.

Attempts to stop the convoy included a call to the Russians - who are working with the Syrian regime - then a "show of force" in the skies above the vehicles, followed by warning shots. The strikes destroyed several vehicles.

The Russians relayed the message to the Syrian government, but the forces did not withdraw, the official said.

A U.S. official describe this action as defensive and said it will not change USA strategy in Syria.

The biggest exception to this was a United States cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase last month in response to a suspected chemical attack by the regime.

The airstrikes come on the same day that UN-mediated talks got underway with a Syrian government delegation.

But last month, it launched a barrage of missiles at Syria's Shayrat airbase, which it said was the launchpad for an alleged chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians.

A second defense official told AFP the forces in the convoy appeared to have been a Shi'ite militia.

Some of the women were beheaded and others had their limbs amputated. Turkey views the U.S-backed Kurdish fighters as an extension of its own insurgent group.

The envoy's office said his team also met separately on Thursday with opposition experts on constitutional and legal issues.

State TV said two people were wounded in IS shelling on the nearby town of Salamiyeh.

The attack in the central Hama province targeted villages where most residents belong to the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam, raising fears the extremists might massacre them, as they have in other minority communities in Syria and Iraq. Aamaq claimed that 100 Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen were killed in the fighting.

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