SRYIA — U.S. forces launched air strikes against pro-Assad troops in Syria on Thursday. The strikes were a last resort after the Syrian forces ignored numerous warnings from both coalition and Russian forces.
The Syrian forces were traveling near the Jordanian border and posed a clear threat to coalition partners. According to the Pentagon, the Syrian troops were traveling in numerous vehicles which included at least one tank.
After ignoring numerous warnings that clearly stated not to advance towards a de-escalation zone, the strikes were carried out.
According to the Associated Press, the Syrian forces were positioning for an attack in an area that included U.S. advisers.
Defense Secretary James Mattis commented on the strikes, stating, “We’re not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war but we will defend our troops, and that is a coalition element made up of more than just U.S. troops, and so we’ll defend ourselves. If people take aggressive steps against us, and that’s been a going in, a policy of ours for a long time.”
The American strikes on Syria come more than month after the U.S. took action against Assad when 57 U.S. Tomahawk missiles took out the Shayrat air base. The military action was in response to Assad launching a chemical weapons attack against innocent civilians, includes young children and babies.
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