A “violent” attack on two waves and a prior warning… What happened at the Al-Tanf base?

By the night of Wednesday – Thursday, the Al-Tanf base in Syria, where the US-led “international coalition” forces are deployed, was attacked by “drones”, in an incident that is the first of its kind.

Although the exact port was not announced, the indicators point the finger at the Iranian militias that receive support from the Revolutionary Guards.

The base, which was established in 2016, is considered an essential part in the war against ISIS, where the US and coalition forces are stationed to train the local Syrian opposition forces, represented by the “Mahawir Al-Thawra Army”, located in Homs Governorate, at the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border triangle. .

At a time when no party claimed responsibility for the attack, the Pentagon confirmed, on Wednesday, to Al-Hurra channel, that there were no casualties among the American forces in the “Al-Tanf attack.”

A Pentagon spokesman told Al-Hurra correspondent: “There were no casualties among the Americans in the Al-Tanf attack, stressing that the attack” was carried out through marches and indirect fire.”

For his part, a spokesman for the US Central Command, Bill Urban, added in a statement that the Al-Hurra website obtained a copy that: “US forces reserve the right to self-defense and the right to respond at the time and place of their choosing.”

on two waves

In addition to the tasks assigned to “al-Tanf” to curb the activity of ISIS in the region, analysts point to another role for it, which is to obstruct Iranian expansion in the region between Iraq and Syria.

“Al-Tanf” is located along a vital road that extends from Tehran through Baghdad to Damascus, a road that Iran hopes will be part of the “Shiite Crescent”, according to the American network “NBC News” in a previous report.

The network’s report indicates that the Al-Tanf site is also pivotal for its role in preventing the Iranians from gaining another foothold in the region.

In an interview with Al-Hurra, the commander of the “Mahawir Al-Thawra Army”, Muhannad Talaa, revealed the details of the “marches attack”, and said that it began “at six thirty in the evening on Wednesday. It was in two waves, the first with two drones and the second with three planes.”

Talaa added: “The attack was violent, and we immediately took the necessary and sufficient measures to protect ourselves from it.”

Talaa continues: “Most likely, the Iranians were the ones who carried out the targeting. We are ready now and it is possible that we may be targeted with marches and missiles. We have the necessary measures.”

Commenting on the spread of Iranian militias in the vicinity of the base, the commander of the faction, which is supported by the coalition, explained: “We do not have the full information on that. We only have part of the information about the presence and daily movements of the Iranian militias.”

It angers Russia.. and the regime

Over the past months, the military exercises conducted by the international coalition for the local Syrian opposition forces in Al-Tanf have not stopped.

In a tweet published last September, a spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed that “the coalition forces continue to pay attention to their partnership with Jaish Maghawir al-Thawra (Syrian forces opposed to the regime). Joint work and training provides a strong and united front capable of defeating any appearance of ISIS, in addition to To any threat in and around Al-Tanf garrison.

During the past years, the Syrian regime forces had tried to approach the Al-Tanf area, but were harshly confronted by the international coalition, which targeted a military convoy of the “Third Division” in late 2018, with HIMARS missiles.

The US presence at Al-Tanf base angers Russia, which has expressed this in the past two years, through a series of statements in which it considered Al-Qaeda a “source of terrorism” in the region.

And the American magazine “Foreign Policy” published a report, two years ago, in which it talked about Washington’s study of a plan that would enable it to keep some of its forces at the Al-Tanf base, to prevent Iran from establishing a land line of communication from Iran through Iraq through Syria to southern Lebanon to support “Hezbollah.” The Lebanese.

Quoting a military source, the magazine added that “the only logical goal of al-Tanf is to give Washington the opportunity to monitor and obstruct the flow of fighters to Syria supported by Iran.”

A threat before the attack

In the meantime, the announced attack on “al-Tanf” cannot be separated from what happened in the past few days, when military sites of the Syrian regime forces, including the “T4” airport in the countryside of Homs governorate, were bombed, it was said, that Israeli planes carried out from the airspace of the base.

After those strikes, the so-called “Syrian Allies Chamber” published a statement saying that “the targets that the Israeli warplanes attacked in Palmyra in the Homs countryside are service centers and gatherings for young people.”

She added that she had “taken a decision to respond harshly to the aggression against Palmyra.”

The exact details of that “room” and its connections are not known, while journalists close to Tehran say that it includes the countries supporting the Syrian regime, led by Iran.

In a tweet on Wednesday evening, Nader Fares, a journalist for the Iranian-funded Al-Mayadeen channel, said: “The bombing of Al-Tanf is the beginning of the response promised by the Syrian allies’ operations room to targeting the center that includes allied forces of the Syrian army near Palmyra, where the attack was launched at that time. from Al-Tanf.

Israel rarely comments on the strikes it carries out in Syria, a policy it has followed for years in the war it launched against the Iranian presence in the country.

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