Iran-backed group launched attack near small garrison in Syria housing American special operators
A U.S.-backed Syrian partner force said Sunday that an Iranian-backed group launched an attack inside an agreed upon deconfliction zone.
Maghaweir al-Thowra, an anti-ISIS U.S.-backed group, operates out of small garrison near the Iraq border. It tweeted Sunday that an Iran proxy launched an attack against its forces and breached the 55 km deconfliction zone that surrounds a small garrison housing American commandos known as al-Tanf.
The anti-ISIS fighters said that they repelled the attack and that the Syrian regime had lost control of its allies — which the MAT described as a “rogue Iranian proxy.”
MAT also said that Russian warplanes may have targeted the “rogue” group in a series of airstrikes just outside the deconfliction zone.
The two tweets by the U.S.-backed group were liked by Col. Myles B. Caggins III, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve — the U.S.-led mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Officials with OIR did not say whether U.S. warplanes or rocket artillery assisted the MAT in repelling the attack. OIR told Military Times Sunday that it was monitoring the situation.
“We are closely monitoring reported hostilities around the 55km de-confliction zone in southern Syria. We are coordinating with our partners, the Maghaweir al-Thowra, and using de-confliction protocols to ensure the safety of our forces,” said Maj. Johnny Walker, a spokesman with Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
Source: Military Times