The Jordanian military announced on Sunday that its servicemen killed five people and wounded 2 others attempting to infiltrate the Jordanian territory from the town of At Tanf at the Syrian-Iraqi border.
According to the official statement, Jordanian border guards clashed during 72 hours with a convoy consisting 9 cars and 2 motorcycles trying to enter Jordanian territory from Syria.
During the clashes, Jordanian border guards destroyed 2 cars and 2 motorcycles. The rest of the vehicles withdrew towards Al Tanf town in the Syrian territory. The Jordanian border guards also arrested two people who tried to cross the border.
At Tanf town is under a full control of the US-led Coalition and militant groups affilated with the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and there are Jordanian special forces in the town.
The people who attempted to infiltrate into Jordanian territory may be a group of FSA who decided to withdraw to Jordan for an unknown reason. It is almost impossible for anyone to move in Al Tanaf without the US-led coalition approvement. However, it is also possible that these people are local smugglers.
The Syrian desert fronts in the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border have been witnessing complete calm since the arrival of the SAA to the Iraqi border. The US-backed FSA has stopped its attacks on the SAA in the past two days. Most likely, this impacted negatively the combat morale of US-backed militants. At Tanf has little strategic value if the US-led forces cannot build a larger buffer zone at the Syrian-Iraqi border.