US strikes on ‘military points’ in Syria worries Russia

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The US military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to US and US-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south, US officials told Reuters on Thursday.

The militia, who numbered in the dozens and drove a tank and a small number of construction vehicles, ignored warning shots from US aircraft and, according to a US-led coalition statement, even “apparent Russian attempts to dissuade” their advance.

One of the US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, speculated that the group might have been trying to establish a position near the garrison in Syria used by US and US-backed forces around the town of At Tanf.

A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that a U.S. air strike against a Damascus-backed militia the day before hit “one of our military points”, without elaborating, state media outlets reported.

Russian head of Defense and Security Committee Viktor Ozerov told Sputnik that he hoped the strikes would “not affect the Geneva negotiation process, but, conversely, will become the most important item on the agenda of the Geneva talks. There needs to be a clearer interaction between the coalition led by the US and the Syrian government forces,” Ozerov said.

(Reuters/Sputnik)