Tabnak – In its latest move against the Syrian government, Washington has targeted a Syrian military convoy while it was heading toward fighting the terrorists. The move, which faced harsh criticism from Damascus and Moscow has once again triggered debates on which side the US is actually supporting in Syria.
According to the local and international media, US military aircraft have carried out an airstrike on a convoy of pro-Syrian government fighters advancing toward the positions of foreign-backed militants in the south of the country.
AFP quoted unnamed US military officials as saying that the American jets struck a convoy of 27 tanks heading towards a garrison in al-Tanf near the Jordanian border on Thursday.
"A convoy going down the road didn’t respond to numerous ways for it to be warned off from getting too close to coalition forces in al-Tanf,” said one of the officials, adding that British and US commandoes have been training anti-Damascus militants at the base in Homs province. "Then there was finally a strike against the lead portion of” the convoy, which was "significant” in size, the official stated.
Russia and Syria have condemned US airstrikes, saying the "brazen" attacks violate the Arab country's sovereignty and show Washington's claims of fighting terrorism are false.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Friday described the attacks as "unacceptable,” which also claimed the lives of civilians. Speaking in Geneva, Gatilov said the strikes violated Syria’s sovereignty and would not help efforts to achieve a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.
A Syrian government’s military source said the US strike hit "one of our military points" late Thursday, killing several people and causing material damage. The source said the attack hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight ISIS terrorists who have been wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria for years.
Furthermore, Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja’afari called the US action "government terrorism”, adding that he had raised the incident with UN mediator Staffan de Mistura at peace talks in Geneva.
"We discussed the massacre that the US aggressor committed yesterday in our country. This subject was widely discussed,” Ja’afari told reporters. "The important thing is that our political ambition is higher because we want to focus on fighting terrorism represented by armed groups and the state and government terrorism happening against our country.
The development comes only a few days after US-led jets killed nearly two dozen civilians in an attack on an area in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr near the border with Iraq. In September last year, US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian army positions near Dayr al-Zawr military airport also killed over 80 soldiers.
The latest strikes are the first against government forces since the United States launched cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base in April in the face of army advances against foreign-backed terrorists.