The coalition strikes hit advancing vehicles outside a base called Tanf, near the Jordanian border.
In what marks the second major torrent of airstrikes launched by the U.S. military against Syrian government forces since President Donald Trump assumed office, a tank and two earth movers attacked Thursday.
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The strikes hit the advancing vehicles outside a base called Tanf, near the Jordanian border, Buzzfeed News reported. Three U.S. defense officials confirmed the news to the outlet, saying that both Syrian military forces and their allies had been struck.
One defense official claimed the strikes were done in “defense,” as Syrian government forces had encroached on the coalition forces’ base in Tanf, that houses U.S. Special Forces and a unit of Syrian rebel militias.
Syrian armed forces...in Syria...posed a threat...to occupying forces...in Syria. https://t.co/5CknqZuVWf— Hezballer (@BlackAutonomist) May 18, 2017
Last month, the United States sent a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles aimed at Syria's Shayrat air base, which Trump had ordered in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Shortly after that strike, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti compared the basis for the unilateral move to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's infamous 2003 presentation to the body, when fraudulent evidence of an alleged Iraqi weapons program was presented to justify the U.S. war on Iraq.