At the late hours of December 13, heavy clashes broke out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the US-backed Revolutionary Commando Army near the US-led coalition base in the border area of al-Tanaf.
A military source told the pro-government al-Masdar News blog that the SAA killed at least three fighters of the US-backed group and suffered no casualties. However, the source didn’t clarify the reason behind the clashes.
From its side, the Revolutionary Commando Army claimed in an official statement that its fighters repelled an attack by the SAA on the al-Tanaf base without providing any further details.
“The Maghaweir Thowra [Arabic name of the Revolutionary Commando Army] is backed by the full force of the coalition and is ready to protect itself with the 55K against any and all perceived threats,” the group’s statement reads.
Many local observers doubted the Revolutionary Commando Army’s claims, because the US-led coalition usually carries out airstrikes on SAA troops if they approach the 55km de-escalation zone around the base. This time no airstrikes were reported.
A day earlier, Syrian pro-government activists revealed that Russian forces had established a base right on the 55km de-escalation zone line around the al-Tanaf base. The US-backed group may have been attacked when it attempted to approach the new Russian base.