The U.S.-led coalition announced on December 2 that its warplanes had carried out training airstrikes in the Syrian region of al-Tanaf.
The coalition’s local proxy group, the Revolutionary Commando Army (MaT), released a video of the airstrikes, which were apparently carried out by F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets.
#USـforces have carried out successful #training #airstrikes near the #AlـTanf garrison, and such exercises alongside their partners prove their ability to #protect the area from any threat. #altanf #Rukban_Camp #Syria @SOJTFOIR @OIRSpox @CJTFOIR pic.twitter.com/37fPLAmMhu
— مغاوير الثورة (@MaghaweirThowra) November 30, 2020
In a brief statement, the MaT said the exercise was meant to prove the U.S.-led coalition’s willingness to protected al-Tanf from any threat.
“We will continue to work with our partners to protect our gains against ISIS and deter any future aggression,” coalition spokesman, Col. Wayne Marotto, said on Twitter. “We remain committed to the enduring Defeat of Daesh [ISIS] in designated areas of Iraq and Syria.”
A small detachment of U.S. troops is present in al-Tanf garrison with dozens of MaT fighters, who are being trained and equipped by the coalition. The garrison blocks a vital highway linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the capital of Iraq, Baghdad.
Recent reports revealed that the U.S. was in talks with Damascus over a possible withdrawal from al-Tanaf in exchange for information on U.S. citizens missing in Syria, namely freelance journalist Austin Tice. The talks are yet to bear any fruit.
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