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US-led coalition aircraft strike pro-Assad convoy

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, May 18, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    US-led coalition aircraft strike pro-Assad convoy
    Strike launched after Shi’ite militia convoy ignores calls not to approach remote coalition garrison close to Jordanian border
    By AFP May 18, 2017, 10:41 pm
    Illustrative: In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017 photograph, crew direct an F-18 on the USS George H.W. Bush as it travels through the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    US-led coalition aircraft Thursday struck a pro-regime convoy apparently transporting Shi’ite militiamen in Syria as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the Jordanian border, US defense officials said. While officials stressed the defensive strike did not signal deepening US involvement in Syria’s civil war, it nonetheless raises questions about the ongoing feasibility for the coalition to maintain its singular focus on the Islamic State group.

    In a statement, the coalition said the strike had occurred “well inside” an established de-confliction zone northwest of the At-Tanf garrison, where British and US commandos have been training and advising local forces fighting IS. “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 At-Tanf,” a US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    “Then there was finally a strike against the lead portion of that movement.” A second defense official told AFP the forces in the convoy appeared to have been a Shi’ite militia. 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 first official said the convoy was “significant” in size, but only the lead vehicles were hit. Coalition officials said Russian forces had apparently unsuccessfully tried to dissuade the pro-regime movement south.

  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Sounds like a little progress against the Assad regime. But it is going to take a lot more than that to stop Assad.
  3. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

  4. Joseph The Carpenter

    Joseph The Carpenter Well-Known Member

    These forces were commanded by iran and they ignored Russian orders. In my opinion this was the most important news of the week.
  5. Simon of Syrene

    Simon of Syrene Well-Known Member

    Chris speaking to most Christian refugees from Syria they almost to a man/ woman say all support Assad and say they have enjoyed freedoms under him than with those trying to unseat him. In Egypt Christians under Mubbarak were free to worship than now.
    I'm not too sure that the monster that will come after coalition forces get rid Assad will be any better. The good thing that has happened is that more Muslims have been exposed to Christianity in the last 5 years than at any time.
    Our church's ministry to ex Muslims or those that followed Islam is failing to cope with demand for bibles in Farsi and Arabic speakers, more harvesters needed!

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