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US-led Coalition Holds Live Drills In Al-Tanaf For Second Time Within One Week (Video)

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For the second time this week, the US-led coalition and its Syrian proxies held live drills in the 55km zone around the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanaf. The first drill was held between March 27 and 29.

“Another successful exercise by the Revolutionary Commando Army alongside the Coalition Forces. No one was hurt in these exercises and we continue to improve our readiness to keep Daesh [ISIS] from returning to the 55Km [zone],” a short press release by the Revolutionary Commando Army reads.

The US-backed group also released a video showing the coalition’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launching several rockets at supposed enemy targets as a part of the drills. The rocket system was deployed in al-Tanaf in mid-2017.

More than 200 U.S. service members are currently deployed in the al-Tanaf base, which is located on a strategic highway linking the Iraqi capital of Baghdad with Damascus.

The US-led coalition claim that these live drills are aimed at deterring ISIS. However, local observers believe that the coalition is trying to intimidate the Damascus government, who has been pressuring Washington to allow more than 40,000 civilians to leave the al-Rukban camp within the 55km zone.

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Manuel Flores Escobar

Since US army and FSA terrorist forces were deployed in Al Tanf…..there hasnt been a confrontation inside that area vs ISIS…However ISIS has launched many attacks vs SAA in east Al Sweida( near Al Tanf area)…an also southern Palmyra ( near noth of Al Tanf area)….it seems that Al Tanf is a safe area for ISIS…or somekind of agreement US/ISIS to avoid attacks between them…

Willing Conscience (The Truths

The Russians have one artillery base about 60 km away from the US base at Al Tanf, and both the Russian and US artillery units have max ranges of about 50 to 55 km, which means the US can stop the SAA from entering that US enforced exclusion zone, but it also means the Russian artillery can hit anything that is spotted and moving in about two thirds of that exclusion zone, If the Russians built another 2 artillery bases around Al Tanf, one to the north and one to the south of Al Tanf, it would mean nothing could move in that US enforced exclusion zone without having a set of Russian artillery crosshair on it.

Jim Prendergast

Those guys are scared. They are so vulnerable. They are doing wrong. They just blast away at the desert.

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