Reuters: Pro-Assad alliance threatens to hit U.S. positions in Syria
A military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad threatened on Wednesday to hit U.S. positions in Syria, warning its "self-restraint" over U.S. air strikes would end if Washington crossed "red lines".
The threat marks an escalation of tensions between the United States and the Syrian government and its backers over control of Syria's southeastern frontier with Iraq, where Washington has been training Syrian rebels at a base inside Syrian territory as part of its campaign against Islamic State.
The area is seen as crucial to Assad's Iranian allies and could open an overland supply route from Tehran to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon - the "Shi'ite crescent" of Iranian influence that is a major concern to U.S.-allies in the region.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. is asking Russia to rein in these Iranian-backed militia units .... U.S. envoy urges Russia to help avoid tension with Iran (Reuters). The Russian response .... Russia: U.S. strike on pro-Syria govt forces violates international law: Ifax (Reuters).
Update: This is very revealing on what is happening on the ground in this part of Syria .... US led-coalition permits pro-Syrian regime airstrike in unusual move (CNN).
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Pro-Assad alliance threatens to bomb US positions in Syria and says its 'self-restraint' over Trump's air strikes will end if Washington crosses 'red lines' -- Daily Mail/Reuters
Syrian Forces Threaten to Fight Back After US Military Strikes Multiple Times -- Newsweek
Syrian Army's Allies Threaten US With Retaliatory Strike After Tuesday Attack -- Sputnik