The US-led coalition and its proxies have held joint live-fire drills in the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanf, which came under attack less than a month ago.
On November 10, the coalition’s main proxy group in al-Tanf garrison, the Revolutionary Commando Army (MaT), shared footage from the joint drills.
In the course of the drills, MaT fighters fired M252 81 mm mortars, while US troops launched several rockets from a M142 HIMARS system. US F-16 fighter jets also took part in the drills and struck several targets.
Footage showing the joint #USـForces with @MaghaweirThowra training on #HIMARS, #airـstrikes and mortars in the #AlـTanf garrison, in support of our mission to #defeatـterrorism and the targets were accurate and no one was injured during the training.@SOJTF_LEVANT @CJTFOIR #Daesh pic.twitter.com/AiF6AxAICq
— مغاوير الثورة (@MaghaweirThowra) November 10, 2021
On October 20, al-Tanf came under attack. The garrison was targeted with five suicide drones and indirect fire. The attack resulted in some serious material damage. However, there were no casualties. The US withdrew all of its troops from the garrison before the attack after receiving an early warning. Iran was unofficially blamed for the attack.
Later on November 5, a large US military convoy that consisted of 26 vehicles and trucks entered al-Tanf garrison coming from Jordan.
Some 200 US troops and around 300 MaT fighters are usually deployed at al-Tanf garrison that was established in 2016. The US maintains a 55 kilometers no-fly, no-drive zone around the garrison.
The US claims that its military presence in al-Tanf is meant to counter ISIS. However, the garrison was in fact built to block a strategic highway that links the Syrian capital, Damascus, with Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
The coalition’s live-fire drills in al-Tanf were likely held to deter and intimidate Iranian-backed forces in both Syria and Iraq.