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Report: Russia warns to strike US-allied militants in Syria’s al-Tanf region

This file picture shows a US-backed militant standing on a vehicle with heavy automatic machine gun, left, next to an American soldier who also stands on his armored vehicle, right, as they take their position at the strategic al-Tanf region, southeastern Syria. (Photo by AP)

Russia has reportedly warned American occupation forces that it is going to conduct airstrikes against Washington-allied Takfiri terrorists in southeastern Syria after a roadside bomb targeted Russian military forces in the country.

Two unnamed US defense officials were quoted as saying by CNN that the warning, which came earlier this week, led the US to quickly call on the militants to move their positions and to ensure that no American forces were in close proximity.

The Russians achieved their goal of “sending a message” to the United States that they can strike without being worried about retaliation, one official said.

The incident happened in the vicinity of the strategic al-Tanf region, near the borders of Iraq and Jordan.

The strikes were conducted against positions where the US-backed so-called Maghawir al-Thawra terrorists were operating. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the property is believed to have been damaged.

Last month, the foreign intelligence service of the Russian Federation (SVR RF) said US occupation forces deployed in Syria’s al-Tanf region were providing military support to Takfiri Daesh terrorists and training them for field operations in Ukraine.

According to a report published by Russia’s Arabic-language RT Arabic television news network, approximately 500 Daesh terrorists and militants from the Caucasus and Central Asian countries were undergoing training at the camp to carry out acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks against units of the Russian armed forces, both inside Syria and in the east European country.

A number of captured Daesh terrorists have already confessed to close cooperation with US military forces stationed at al-Tanf base in the central Syrian province of Homs in carrying out various acts of terror and sabotage.

During confessions broadcast on Syria’s state-run television network in May 2020, several terrorists revealed that they were instructed by American forces to target Syrian government troops in and around the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tiyas Military Airbase – also known as the T-4 Airbase, the Shaer gas field as well as nearby oil wells.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources on condition of anonymity, reported last April that a number of Daesh terrorists were being trained at the US military base in the al-Shaddadi town of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah on how to fire rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), shoulder-launched rockets as well as anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles.

The sources added that the Takfiris were set to be transferred shortly to Jazira Region in the eastern Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr and the Syrian Desert, northeast of the capital Damascus, to attack positions of Syrian army forces, vital facilities and popular gatherings.

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