Russia has warned the US military twice in the last week that its forces, along with Syrian regime units, are prepared to attack in an area where dozens of US troops are located, according to several US defense officials.

Russia claims that there are militants in the area protected by US troops

Moscow's declaration has sharply raised US commanders' concerns that American forces would be at risk if a Russian attack goes forward. And it has sparked US warnings to Moscow not to challenge the US military presence. 

Several US defense officials are saying that concerns center on a US-led anti-ISIS coalition base at At Tanf.


US troops help monitor a 55-kilometer (34-mile) exclusion zone around At Tanf. Given its location near the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq, the At Tanf garrison is seen as a key strategic location as the US, Iran and Russia compete for influence in the region. 

There is concern the Russians could use aircraft or their naval warships in the eastern Mediterranean to launch a missile attack against what they say are militants, sparking a confrontation that could inadvertently draw in US forces if Russian targeting is not precise. 

So far, no buildup of Russian ground forces has been observed in recent days, officials said. 

US officials would not say how Moscow conveyed its warning to Washington. 

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are aware of the latest intelligence, officials said. US troops in the area, as always, have the right of self-defense if they are attacked and would not need to ask permission from higher levels of the government before acting. 

While the situation is described by one US official as "concerning," there clearly is US interest in discussing Moscow's warning to ensure the Russians have a clear view of any potential US military response. 


"We have absolutely advised them to stay out of At Tanf," one US official said. "We are postured to respond."

"The United States does not seek to fight the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing it support. However, if attacked, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend US, coalition or partner forces," a defense official said.

US officials, however, are stopping short of discussing what military weapons and measures are in place for the protection of US troops.

Russian complaints about the presence of potential Al Qaeda or ISIS fighters in the buffer zone are not new, the US officials point out. But with an imminent Russian-backed assault by Syrian regime forces in the Idlib area in the north, there is concern Moscow could see this as an optimum time to conduct multiple offensive operations.



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    SUKHOI FLANKER VARIA · 10:39 09/08/2018
    Syrie, la terre où les militaires américains et russes ont beaucoup appris les uns des autres

    The Russian military success

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    StephE · 09:13 09/08/2018
    Well, it looks like it has begun in Idlib, from what I am reading on Twitter.
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    SHERLOCK · 19:33 09/07/2018
    Mexico is given the right to station Troops inside America by Our criminal invasion of Syria. If America can build bases and invade Syria for "humanitarian" reasons .... SO CAN MEXICO.
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    Rat jew bastard · 17:37 09/07/2018
    You got to be ashamed to be american these days.
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    Dusty Rhodes · 16:10 09/07/2018
    pull all foreign troops out of that area and let them go at it. those people have been killing each other over a religion for over 1400 years. let them have at it and settle it once and for all. not worth the life of one soldier who signed up to defend his country. Russia will learn the hard way like they did in Afghanistan. just like the us did in Vietnam.
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      SHERLOCK · 19:35 09/07/2018
      1400? Try 3500 ...
      The Jews BRAG about and SELF DOCUMENT THEIR "holocausting" others and then "PLACE A YOKE" on Gentiles for SUPPOSEDLY doing the exact same thing to them.
      Everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own self-recorded acts/history..
      Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

      Numbers c.5 v.2-4 (Being "put out of camp was a Death Sentence0.
      Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
      KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:(Hitler COPIED Moses ordering anyone who questioned him be murdered)
      Exodus c.32 v.27
      Numbers c.11 v.1-2
      Numbers c.16 all
      Numbers c.21 v.5-6
      Numbers v.26 v.10
      KILL anyone who engages in "DIVERSITY" or "INTEGRATION"
      Numbers v25 v.4-8
      Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
      SEXUALLY ENSLAVE any females "who have not KNOWN a man"
      a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
      Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
      Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
      Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
      Numbers c.31 all Midianites
      Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
      Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
      Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
      Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
      Numbers c.21 v.25
      Numbers c.32 v.39
      Numbers c.33 v.53
      (just to name a FEW)
      Numbers c.33 v.31-34
      Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
      Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
      Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
      Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
      Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
      Jews SELF-anointed "The CHOSEN People of GOD"
      Nazis SELF-anointed "The CHOSEN People of GENETICS".
      TODAY Israel states that it is creating "A PURE Jewish State"
      YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating "A PURE German State"
      Israel a SOCIALIST state.
      Nazis a SOCIALIST state.
      And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
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        Heather · 08:01 09/09/2018
        Do you truly understand the days of Noah, and why Joshua and Caleb destroyed men, women, children, and animals, so completely and mercilessly? And why Noah was perfect in his generations? Discernment is necessary to truly understand the Old Testament. As in the days of Noah, so it shall be when the Son of Man returns.
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    Tim · 13:12 09/07/2018
    Translation of the United States response: We are invading your country with terrorists and our troops but don't shoot us
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    Onno · 13:02 09/07/2018
    If the Russians use WMD of the Saddam type, like chlorine gas or phosgene or Novichok, the use of Nukes is permitted to drive them out of Syria.......or what?!?!
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      Heather · 18:35 09/07/2018
      The US is more likely to do that than Russia. We've been doing that since 9/11, but blaming it on everyone else. I love what this country was founded on, and I love all the citizens, even the jerks and fools. But our government is monstrous. One of these days, our cup will run over, and we'll finally wake up and be forced to look in the mirror, but it will be too late. God has blessed America, God has had mercy on America, God is great and wonderful, but the spoiled, out of control, unrepentant child will finally get a spanking.
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      Frank Brady · 14:16 09/07/2018
      "Or what", is right! Are you serious? The whole "chlorine gas" in Syria and "Novichok" lies are so transparently obvious that only a fool would believe them for a minute. The Russians are in Syria at the invitation of Syria's lawful government. They are there to fight the completely illegal invasion force that the U.S., the U.K. and their Sunni Arab allies stood up, trained and equipped to overthrow the Assad government. These anti-Assad thugs are guilty of war crimes. So are the governments of the U.S., the U.K., the Saudis and the rest of the Sunni despots supporting this regime change operation. The anti-Assad thugs have lost the war, and that is a very good thing!
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        selah · 15:01 09/07/2018
        Frank you are 100% correct and don't forget the zionist regime. Kill all those who are there without Assad's permission.
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      Baba Jaga · 14:14 09/07/2018
      are you retarded?
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    Super-Electric · 13:01 09/07/2018
    Go home US soldiers. Nobody needs you.
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    selah · 12:47 09/07/2018
    U.S. need to get the hell out, now!
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    Smoking Loon · 11:57 09/07/2018
    I told people to not look northwest for the signals. No action without movement with our boys there first
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    Jeff Nunnally · 10:43 09/07/2018
    Oh, that’s odd, oh yea I remember. The US is not legally in Syria. That’s right.
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