Breaking right now is news that the US warplanes, as part of coalition forces, has attacked pro-Assad forces in Syria.
BREAKING: US official confirms to @BuzzFeedNews that the US-led Coalition hit Assad regime forces with air strikes in southern Syria today
— Mike Giglio (@mike_giglio) May 18, 2017
Here is the report:
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. official says U.S. airstrike hits pro-Assad forces in Syria. pic.twitter.com/TSnl4pNhQQ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 18, 2017
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 18, 2017
I’ll have more on this as it develops…
U.S. officials say an American airstrike has hit pro-Syrian government forces in southern Syria as they were setting up fighting positions in a protected area.
The officials say the strike near Tanf hit a tank and a bulldozer and forces there, but it was not clear if they were Syrian army troops or other pro-government allies.
One official says the pro-regime forces had entered a so-called “de-confliction” zone without authorization and were perceived as a threat to U.S.-allied troops there. The officials say the strike was a defensive move to protect the U.S. allies. It wasn’t clear if U.S. forces were there.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.