"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Thursday, June 01, 2017

Coalition Forces Reinforce at Key Tanf Garrison in Syria- Naharnet

U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria are reinforcing their garrison near the crucial Al-Tanf border crossing amid a buildup of pro-government troops nearby, a U.S. military official said Thursday.
"We have increased our presence and our footprint and prepared for any threat that is presented by the pro-regime forces," Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition in Baghdad, told journalists by video conference.
Al-Tanf, on the key highway connecting Damascus with Baghdad, has been menaced by a surge of Iran-backed troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The area, also just northeast of the Jordanian border, is used by coalition forces as a training and staging area for attacks against the Islamic State group.
Coalition planes on May 18 pounded the front of a government convoy that had apparently been headed toward the Al-Tanf garrison.
That strike occurred inside an established "deconfliction zone" covering a 55 kilometer (34 mile) radius around the base. The Pentagon said it appeared that the Syrian government troops were trying to build a "fire base" for artillery units inside the zone.