Drones Attack US-Backed Syrian Rebels at US Base

Damage, but no casualties, reported at al-Tanf

A spokesman for Maghawit al-Thawra, a US-backed rebel group, reports they were attacked with drone strikes overnight on Wednesday, damaging their buildings on a US military base, but causing no casualties.

Maghawit al-Thawra was formerly the New Syrian Army (NSA), active in southern Syria. The group operates out of the US base at al-Tanf, in the corridor along the three-way border between Syria, Jordan, and Iraq.

The group is not sure who attacked them, and there has so far been no claim of credit for the strike. US suspicions will almost certainly fall on Shi’ite militias, as the US favors blaming them for incidents on their bases.

Though strategically located, al-Tanf has not been heavily involved in the Syrian War over the past year, and the rebels therein have largely not gone out on high-profile operations in many months.

Author: Jason Ditz

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