On July 30, The U.S.-led coalition announced that its warplanes had conducted rehearsals in the southeastern Syrian region of al-Tanaf.
The rehearsals, that took placed on July 17, were carried out by F-15 fighter jets. Live ammo, likely guided bombs, were used in the rehearsals. Photos released by the coalition show fighter jets hitting a mock target in al-Tanaf.
“The International Coalition supports partner efforts to contain Daesh, routinely provide immediate threat response in the 55 km deconfliction zone in southern Syria,” the coalition’s Special Operations Joint Task Force said in a statement.
U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet conducts rehearsals near Al-Tanf, Syria, June 17. The International Coalition supports partner efforts to contain Daesh, routinely provide immediate threat response in the 55 km deconfliction zone in southern Syria. #DefeatDaesh pic.twitter.com/pjStwEfG0D
— Special Ops Joint Task Force-OIR (Iraq/Syria) (@SOJTFOIR) July 30, 2020
Last month, U.S.-led coalition F-15 fighter jets carried out a simulated attack over the 55 km zone surrounding al-Tanaf garrison.
The U.S.-led coalition maintains an illegal no-fly zone over the al-Tanaf garrison and the 55 km zone around it. The no-fly zone was established in 2016.
A week ago, two F-15 fighter jets of the coalition intercepted an Iranian civil airplane from Mahan Air that was on its way to Beirut, Lebanon. The interception was carried out in an unprofessional manner.
The U.S.-led coalition presence in al-Tanaf is disturbing peace in southeastern and central Syria. ISIS cells in nearby desert areas are reportedly receiving supplies from U.S.-backed fighters in al-Tanaf. The coalition’s garrison in this area is also used as a center for sabotage and spying operations.