On Thursday, US-led coalition warplanes destroyed two technical vehicles of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Khibrat al-Shami area at the Damascus – Baghdad highway, 40 km away from Al-Tanf.
According to the statement of the US-led coalition, a medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicleof one of the SAA allies targeted a position of the US-led coalition in Al-Zakaf. After this US coalition warplanes downed the UAV in north of Al-Tanf. The drone appears to be an Iranian-made Shahhed-129.
This was the third US-led coalition attack against the SAA and its allies in the Syrian desert. The US-led coalition claims thatSyrian forces pose a threat to its base in Al-Tanf, and that the base is a temporary base established to fight ISIS only. However, so far the US-led coalition and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have attacked the SAA only in southeastern Syria.
Meanwhile, groups of the US-backed FSA launched a large-scale attack on SAA positions in the northern Suweida countryside and claimed to have taken full control of the Al-Zuluf reserve. If confirmed, that SAA lost a major part of its positions in northern Suweida. However, the FSA has not yet provided any real evidence of its claims.
In the Damascus desert, the SAA captured the entire area of Al-Dakwah, thus deploying in 40 kilometers from its positions south of Zaza Road. Moreover, SAA managed to reopen the road connecting Al-Dakwah to the electric station in the Damascus countryside.