On June 21, warplanes of the US-led coalition bombed an outpost of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) around the area of al-Tanaf, which is under the control of the coalition and its Syrian proxies, according to Syrian pro-government activists. Two soldiers of the SAA were reportedly injured as a result of the coalition’s airstrike.
The coalition-linked outlet Hammurabi’s Justice News claimed that a patrol of coalition forces and the US-backed Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra was attacked by an unspecified force around al-Tanaf. The outlet said that the coalition returned fire using “deadly force.”
It is clear that the unspecified force, which was attacked by the US-led coalition, was of the SAA. However, the Minister of Defense of Syria has not confirmed this yet, nor has the coalition.
In late 2017, the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on positions of the SAA around al-Tanaf. Back then, the coalition claimed that the airstrikes were conducted in an act of self-defense, while in reality the coalition was trying to stop the SAA advance towards the Syrian-Iraqi border.