|Aircraft of the international coalition attacked a convoy of the forces of the Syrian regime on Thursday 18 May. (Illustration image).|
In Syria, planes from the US-led international coalition bombed a convoy of Syrian regime forces near the Jordanian border on Thursday (May 18th). After the raids, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Washington is not trying to get involved militarily in the civil war in Syria but will defend its troops if threatened.
The convoy targeted was 27 kilometers of US-backed Syrian rebels in the desert region of al-Tanaf near the border with Iraq and Jordan. The column consisted of tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, at least four vehicles were destroyed by the bombing.
A Pentagon official said the convoy did not respond to warning shots from the aircraft, which then hit the head of the column. Syrian opposition sources said the raid force belonged to the regular Syrian army and pro-Iranian militias fighting alongside the regime.
The incident comes just hours after a meeting in Damascus between Iraqi Security Council Secretary Faleh al-Fayad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The discussion focused on intensifying coordination between the two countries in the fight against the Islamic State group.
For the last ten days, the Syrian army and its allies have been advancing in the desert towards the border with Iraq, blocking the road to rebels supported by the United States and Jordan, who do not hide their intention To take control of the Syrian-Iraqi border.
It is clear that the United States does not want to bring down the regime in Damascus because they suspect that it would be the Islamic state and the rebels of Al-Nosra who would benefit