Analyst: Damage to US base in Syria’s al-Tanf significant but ‘hushed up’

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PTV: A prominent US analyst says damage from a recent attack on a controversial US military base on the Syria-Iraq border is significant, but Washington is keeping it under wraps in order to avoid an escalation. 

In a post on his twitter account, Charles Lister, a senior fellow and director of the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, released images of the aftermath of drone and rocket strikes at al-Tanf garrison in Syria’s Homs province.

“Judging from leaked images, the [#Iran] drone & rocket attack on al-Tanf in SE #Syria (home to US troops) on Weds night was quite significant,” he said, baselessly accusing Iran of involvement.

“DOD confirmed the attack, but has provided no other info — clearly being hushed up, to avoid hype/escalation,” he added, referring to the US Department of Defense.

On Wednesday, the al-Tanf base came under a coordinated attack, involving unknown drones and rockets, but American officials said there were no injuries or deaths.

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the incident in a statement, describing it as “a deliberate and coordinated attack.”

“All US personnel have been accounted for,” the statement read. “We maintain the inherent right of self-defense and will respond at a time and place of our choosing.”

US and coalition forces are based in al-Tanf to train anti-Damascus militants.

The military base lies close to an intersection between Syria’s, Jordan’s and Iraq’s borders.

It is the only US military base not located in the areas held by Kurdish militants in the Arab country, which has been used to attack anti-terror fighters in Syria and Iraq in the past.

Washington has unilaterally declared a 55-kilometer “de-confliction zone” around the facility, and frequently threatened to target Syrian forces within the area.

Captured Daesh terrorists confess to cooperation with US forces in Syria’s al-Tanf

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Three members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group make confessions on Syria’s state-run television network on May 14, 2020. (Photo by SANA)

A number of captured members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have confessed to close cooperation with US military forces stationed at al-Tanf base in the central Syrian province of Homs to carry out various acts of terror and sabotage.

During confessions broadcast on Syria’s state-run television network on Thursday night, three extremists – identified as Salah Jaber al-Zaher, Ali Salim Yahya and Amer Abd al-Ghafar Nemah but better known by their noms de guerres as Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Salafi, Abu al-Bara’a al-Homsi and Abu Sawan, revealed that they were instructed by American forces to target Syrian government troops in and around the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tiyas Military Airbase – also known as the T-4 Airbase, the Shaer gas field as well as nearby oil wells, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

“Once a close aid to our commander Hassan Alqam al-Jazrawi came to me and said he was in contact with the Americans at al-Tanf base. The man, whose name was Hassan al-Wali, added it was necessary to target Palmyra and T4 Airbase, and that US forces would provide us with rocket launchers and machine guns, besides financial support, cars and whatever we needed.

“He added that Americans would also launch reconnaissance aircraft to monitor the movements of Syrian army soldiers in Palmyra region, and inform us of their activities,” one of the terrorists said.

US-backed militants escape al-Tanf base, defect to Syrian army

Members of the last remaining US-backed militant group in Syria flee an American military base to government-held territory and defecting to the Damascus army.

The militants, who were recently arrested during a security operation in the Syrian Desert, later pointed to the existence of coordination between their commanders and those of the so-called Revolutionary Commando Army.

Elsewhere in their confessions, the Takfiris touched on negotiations between their leaders and senior officials with the US-sponsored and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

One of the terrorists said there were such talks between the two sides once in Raqqah, the former de facto capital of Daesh.

US-backed militants prevent Syrians from fleeing Rukban camp: Analyst

US-sponsored militants are preventing displaced Syrians stranded in a camp near the Jordanian border from leaving the site toward government-controlled areas, a Syrian analyst says.

“There was coordination for any operation we carried out. With the knowledge of Americans, we moved from Raqqa to Dayr al-Zawr. We had the protection of three Cougar (infantry mobility) vehicles and two Hummers, which belonged to US forces and accompanies us. Helicopter gunships also flew overhead all the way to Dayr al-Zawr,” he said.

On the sources of financial and logistical support, the terrorists explained that their masters coordinated the matters monthly through the al-Tanf base.

“They used to go to the base every month, and bring some three shipments of food, ammunition and weapons, most of which were US-made… We used to obtain all our supplies from the base. Anytime one of us was injured, we would take him there for treatment. Al-Tanf base was a refuge for us. We would go there every time the Syrian army besieged a region, waiting there for several weeks and receiving food as well as first aid,” the captured Daesh members said.

US providing military, logistical support to Daesh terrorists in Syria: Report

The report comes as Syrian government forces have recovered US- and Israeli- made weapons from Daesh hideouts during anti-terror operations across the country.

The US trains anti-Damascus militants at the al-Tanf base, which is situated near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan.

Washington has unilaterally declared a 55-kilometer “de-confliction zone” around the facility, and frequently threatened to target Syrian forces within the area.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. one day, hoping very soon, many of them will come home in plastic bags, and american people finally ask their governments why they send american soldiers to die to steal resources and kill civilian people many thousand of miles away (and not being a THREAT FOR AMERICA). Probably the money spent a very close future will be used to pay salary to americans that are risking to not gain their salary for the fall of the dollar. A reality after making presents everyday to weapon and pharma industry

  2. It will only get worse for the US as most Iranians see it as a “holy spiritual war” against the Great Satan. Iran will never back down since it has the acumen of a civilization 4,000 years older than that of Uncle Shlomo and his Zionist partners in crime. Warriors against soldiers? Warriors win all the time.

  3. The problem is that Russia is too coward to take a fighting stance against the illegal US base there, instead it has useless deconflicting agreements with both the US and the illegal colonialist settlers of Palestine.

    • There are these things called Nuclear missiles which make America and Russia not want to fight with each other to much, you may have heard of them.

  4. All of this makes no sense, strategically or tactically. Yes, I’m sure US troops are begging to be evacuated as they know they’re just pawns in the great Zionist chess game in Greater Israel. Biden is obviously marking time until Israel stages a redo of 9/11, this time blamed on Iran, that will set the Middle East ablaze and totally reshuffle the deck. May Heaven preserve us all from thee wrath of the chosenites.

    • If the Dems don’t get their act together and separate from Stooge Biden, a renegade Trump running independently will skate right back into the White House. When the lid blows off the Middle East, it will play to Trump. Biden can stick his infrastructure legislation up his ass as it falls off the nightly news. Sometimes, I think Biden is the neocon’s Manchurian Candidate. When will he get the next phone call from his handler in Tel Aviv? Far fetched? Either that or his administration are all idiots. Hmmmm.

    • You imply that Biden has any choice at this point. He doesn’t, neither do the Dems. They can only waiting for the eventual coup that will usher in the new age of American Christo-fascism. The Repubs have totally given up on democracy and the rule of law to come back into power. As Lindsey Graham said right after the 2020 election, “We have to do something about mail-in voting or Republicans will never win another national election in the USA. There traditional methods of voter suppression aren’t working. As Sinclair Lewis wrote, “When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

    • @Tommy Apeiron

      Fascism came bearing the Bible and the Cross sometime in the 1930’s its been here ever sense bidding its time.

  5. Get out of Syria, stop creating problems for this nation and stealing it’s oil. Get your terrorists and get out of there, this country has not harmed America yet you keep pestering it, of course at some point enough is enough.