Western Coalition, allies repel ISIS attack on military base southern Syria


Militant fighters of the Islamic State are seen during clashes with rebel fighters in western Qalamoun, south of Syria. File ohoto: Amaq

ARA News

Supported by the US-led Coalition, Syrian Opposition forces repelled an ISIS attack that targeted a partnered military base in southern Syria.

“ISIS initiated the attack on the An Tanf Garrison with a VBIED and 20-30 ISIS fighters followed with a ground assault and suicide vests,” the US-led coalition said in a statement on Sunday.

“Coalition and partnered forces defended against the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple Coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said.

“These U.S. and Jordanian backed armed opposition forces are mainly groups that were beaten by ISIS and are seeking revenge,” Washington-based analyst Nicholas A. Heras, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told ARA News.

“They are associated with the Southern Front, and represent that coalition’s evolution from an anti-Assad force to an anti-ISIS force charged with defending Jordan’s border areas with Syria,” he concluded.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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