Russia Warns US That Syria Offensives Are Planned Near US Positions

Russia Warns US That Syria Offensives Are Planned Near US Positions

"Our forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces and conduct rapid exfiltration", said CENTCOM's chief spokesman Capt. William Urban.

The troops were flown by helicopter to the base at Tanf - a small town near Syria's borders with Iraq and Jordan.

"We are advised to keep them away from the base, said CNN Pentagon spokesman".

"We have zero intelligence that shows the opposition has any chemical capability", Mattis told reporters traveling with him to the Indian capital of New Delhi for a high-level dialogue on Thursday between the south Asian nation and the United States.

The deconfliction telephone line was established shortly after Moscow intervened in Syria's civil war to prevent a military clash between the United States and Russian Federation.

At Tanf, the base where a coalition of dozens of United States troops and Syrian rebels launch counter-ISIS operations, is seen as a critical location within the scope of Iranian, Syrian, and Russian influence in the region.

The report further underlined that Moscow's warning has sharply raised United States commanders' concerns that American troops would be at risk if a Russian attack goes forward, prompting Washington to warn Moscow "not to challenge the USA military presence".

Moscow has warned the United States twice this week that Russian Federation and Syrian regime forces are prepared to attack in an area where USA troops are located, CNN reported on Friday, citing several unnamed U.S. defense officials.

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Russian Federation has reportedly warned the US that its military and allied Syrian forces were ready to attack a key US-held base near the border of Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, US defense officials said in a CNN report published on Thursday.

U.S. Command has rejected Russia's plans to strike purported terrorists there, saying it doesn't want to fight but "will not hesitate" to use force to defend U.S. or allied forces.

US President Donald Trump has warned Syria's President Assad and his allies Iran and Russian Federation not to launch a "reckless attack" to the Idlib province, as it would result in hundreds of thousands of people killed.

Russian warplanes have been carrying out intense airstrikes in Syria's northwest, pounding rebel-held areas in Idlib province and surrounding regions that have become the last sanctuary for the opposition.

Administration officials are at least giving lip service to the need for a stronger diplomatic push, in part because of the competing agendas of numerous factions fighting in the region.

"In case the armed terrorist groups refuse to lay down weapons, refuse to leave Syrian territory to go back to where they came from, the Syrian government is prepared", Jaafari said.

The US President wrote on Twitter: "President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province". Tensions were raised in February after dozens of Russian mercenaries were killed during a failed assault on a US-held position near the city of Deir al-Zor.

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