By noon on Sunday, there was an attack on a military base near the city of al-Tanf, where US special forces are stationed, Syrian state media reported. As Al-Arabiya station reported, “you could hear the sounds of several explosions”.
The command of the US contingent in Iraq has not commented on the reports of the alleged attack in the Syrian province of Homs, where the base is located.
Al-Tanf is one of the three official border crossings between Syria and Iraq and the main checkpoint on the road between Damascus and Baghdad. American soldiers were deployed there in 2016 with the task of training military formations fighting against the Islamic State that previously occupied the area. Syrian troops are in opposition to the rule of Bashar al-Assad.
Damascus has never concealed dissatisfaction with the American presence in al-Tanf, as it is nominally a territory under Damascus’s jurisdiction. The Syrian-American barracks are located in a strategic location – on the international road that provides communication with southern Lebanon, where pro-Iranian Hezbollah formations are stationed, as well as with Israel and Iraq.