U.S. airstrikes target pro-Assad forces in Syria

Islamic State attacks Syrian state-held areas, 31 killed

A statement from the US -led coalition said the convoy included Syrian forces and militias backed by Iran, and "posed a threat to USA and partner forces", adding that Russian Federation was notified prior to the airstrike.

The aircraft struck the convoy as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the border with Jordan, a U.S. defense official said.

On April 7, the United States forces fired 59 Tomahawk missiles targeting regime's Shayrat air base in Homs province for being used in the chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun. It was at that point that US and coalition jets escalated their warnings.

A senior US official told Fox News that Thursday's strike was called for by the commander on the ground for "force protection", Shephard Smith reported.

The U.S. special forces have been present in the area "for many months" to train and advise Free Syrian Army fighters.Damascus considers USA military presence illegal in the country.

A deadly combination of human error, bad intelligence and an increasingly complicated battlefield led to the mistaken bombing of Syrian government troops by American and coalition aircraft in September.

The pro-regime convoy had come within 18 miles the al-Tanf base, which houses USA and British special forces in southern Syria, and breached the "deconfliction zone" around the base.




It also contains a key highway from Baghdad to Damascus that Iran has used to supply weapons to Syrian forces.

Also on Thursday, Daesh "Islamic State militants" shelled a regime-controlled area in the city of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others, the Observatory said.

US military forces launched new airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting pro-Assad forces in the southern part of the country, reported BuzzFeed News.

On Thursday, US-led warplanes hit a pro-regime convoy in Syria, saying the targets had ignored warning shots.

It quotes another U.S. official as saying that a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles were headed toward At Tanf on Wednesday night, searching vehicles and buildings along the way.

A member of the US-backed Syrian rebel forces told Reuters the convoy comprised Syrian and Iranian-backed militias and was headed toward the Tanf base when they clashed with some rebel forces.

The sixth round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva which started on Tuesday was "short, but productive, ' Gatilov said".

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