Syrian regime forces threaten to hit US positions in Syria over current US airstrikes on govt. locations
A military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday it could hit U.S. positions in Syria, warning that its “self-restraint” over U.S. air strikes on government forces would end if Washington crossed “red lines”, Reuters reported,
The threat marks an escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran-backed forces over control of Syria’s southeastern frontier with Iraq, where the United States has been training Syrian rebels at a base inside Syrian territory, according to Reuters.
The United States launched air strikes on Tuesday against what it said were Iranian-backed fighters who it said posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in the area, the second such attack in three weeks, Reuters indicated.
The statement from the pro-Assad alliance was issued in the name of the “commander of the operations room of the forces allied to Syria”, and was circulated by a military news unit run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah, one of Assad’s military allies, Reuters added.
Assad’s allies also include Iran and Russia. The statement did not spell out whether Moscow was a signatory to it, Reuters concluded.
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