Category: World News
Thursday, 04 October 2018 15:09
Russia announced that the US forces at the US base in the Tanf area of Syria, must leave the area immediately and close their camp Rikban . . . fast!
Developing . . . check back for updates.
UPDATE 3:31 PM EDT --
Al-Tanf, sometimes referred to as "At Tanf" is a military base of the US-led international coalition with a declared purpose of countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
It is located 24 km to the west from the al-Tanf border crossing between Syria and Iraq in Homs Governorate.
The military outpost was established by the United States Armed Forces in early 2016 to train anti–ISIs fighters of the New Syrian Army, which changed its name to the Revolutionary Commando Army in December 2016.
The US refers to the group as part of the "Vetted Syrian Opposition". According to the US, these fighters are only permitted launch offensives against ISIL and not the Syrian Armed Forces by the US, though clashes did occur.
In May 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants captured the border checkpoint at al-Tanf, thus obtaining control over the full length of the Iraq–Syria border.
The US-backed New Syrian Army captured the al-Tanf post on the Syrian side of the border in early March 2016, and in early August, the al-Waleed checkpoint on the Iraqi side of the border was recaptured by pro-government Iraqi tribal militias backed by US-led forces.
In August 2016, the BBC published photographs taken in June that year, which it said showed British special forces soldiers apparently guarding the perimeter of the New Syrian Army's base, at al-Tanf in Syria's Homs Governorate.
In March 2017, fighters of the US-backed Revolutionary Commando Army re-opened the border point, resuming cross-border civilian traffic; a group referred to as the Army of Iraqi Tribes was said to control the Iraqi side of the crossing.
In April 2017, the US special forces outpost at al-Tanf was reported to be engaged in combat.
On 18 May 2017, US fighter jets struck a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces advancing towards the Tanf base. Shortly thereafter, Syrian government forces were reported to continue their advance in a direction that suggested their intent might be to outflank and isolate the US and Revolutionary Commando Army base at al-Tanf; the government forces appeared to use advanced Russia-made weapons and were supported by Russian helicopters, a report acknowledged on May 26 by the Russian Defense Ministry′s media outlet.
On 17 June 2017, the Iraqi Armed Forces announced that the Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters, supported by US-led coalition aircraft, had dislodged ISIS from the al-Waleed border crossing.
In September 2017, Russian government-owned media outlet RIA Novosti reported, with a reference to unnamed military and diplomatic sources, that the US had voiced readiness to leave al-Tanf but did not say when.