Introduction — May 24, 2018
Apart from the Associated Press and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, several other Middle Eastern media outlets have also reported U.S. air strikes on Syrian Army positions.
According to Almasdar News, the U.S. air strikes struck Syrian Army positions shortly after they came under fire from Islamic state (otherwise known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) militants. No casualties were reported but the fact that the air strikes came soon after an Islamic State attack suggests that the strikes were carried out in cooperation with the militants.
The Americans have, of course, denied any knowledge of the attack.
However, if U.S. warplanes did indeed conduct air strikes on Syrian Army positions that constitutes an act of war and suggests that the U.S. has no intention of leaving Syria anytime soon. Ed.
Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts
Associated Press — May 23, 2018
A Syrian government-run media outlet reported early Thursday that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group.
The Central Military Media said the strikes targeted positions between Boukamal and Hmeimeh in the Deir el-Zour province and reported material damage, but there were no further details.
In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, said: “We have no information to substantiate those reports.”
A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported two waves of U.S.-led missile attacks early Thursday it said targeted areas controlled by IS east of the Euphrates River.
If confirmed, the attacks would be the first by the U.S. on Syrian army positions since April, when the U.S., Britain and France bombed government facilities in retaliation for a suspected gas attack blamed on Syria’s government.