Syrian Army Reaches Border With Iraq Near Al Tanf

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

USA defense officials said the weapon fired by the drone did not detonate and no one was hurt. On Thursday, the USA shot down an armed drone it said had attacked its units embedded with local opposition forces in the region.

Surovikin also noted that the US was clearly attempting to hamper forces of the Syrian Arab Republic who are undertaking efforts to secure the country's southern border, citing the "absurd assertions" and of Washington, who "vaguely explains" that government forces pose a threat to USA -led forces.

The evening news broadcast on Al-Manar TV, which belongs to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, hailed the advance of the pro-government forces, and the Hezbollah fighters embedded with them.

It added that the Syrian army reached the Syrian side of the borders at the same time as the Iraqi forces reached the other side of the frontier.

The United States Central Command said it "does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them", but promised to take "appropriate measures" to protect USA forces tasked with defeating the Islamic State group.

"As long as pro-regime forces are oriented toward coalition and partnered forces the potential for conflict is escalated".

On Wednesday, the Islamic State asserted responsibility for twin attacks in Tehran that left at least a dozen people dead, a clear reminder of the group's reach as it faces off against Iranian and US forces and the proxies they support in Syria and Iraq.

In a statement Friday, it says the violence has resulted in massive displacement in and around the city, with some 80,000 children now internally displaced and living in temporary shelters and camps.

Surovikin said the U.S-led coalition along with the allied Kurds "collude with the leaders of Daesh, who surrender the areas under their control and head to provinces where Syrian government forces operate".

"An estimated 40,000 children remain trapped in extremely risky conditions in Raqqa".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said dozens of soldiers and pro-government forces had arrived at the border.

In addition to the airstrikes, Raqqa was subjected to artillery and missile attacks, according to the activist collective known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

"One gets the impression that the Americans are using (the Islamic State group) to offer stubborn resistance to the movement of government troops, making use of the legend about the fight against global terrorism in Syria", the commander said, noting that Western news agencies have assisted Washington's misleading claims by proliferating fabricated stories about fierce clashes between USA -led armed personnel and the Islamist group.

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