Photos of Strykers and up-armored Humvees flying U.S. flags were posted on social media over the weekend after the U.S. regional command confirmed that Special Forces troops in Syria had moved toward Manbij. (Qalaat Al Mudiq/Twitter)
The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria launched its third strike in as many weeks on pro-regime forces inside a deconfliction zone around al Tanf, near a border crossing in Syria's southeast desert.
Two US officials told CNN that Thursday's strike came after three vehicles were seen entering the deconfliction zone, and two of the vehicles were hit when they were 24 miles from the base at al Tanf.
Following that engagement, a US aircraft downed a pro-regime drone that was dropping bombs near coalition troops.
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Pro-regime drone fires on coalition forces in Syria -- UPI
US F-15E Shoots Down 'Hostile' Predator-Like Drone in Syria -- Military.com
US warplane 'shoots down' armed drone in Syria -- Al Jazeera
As ISIS retreats in Syria, U.S. and Iran scramble for control -- Washington Post
Is The US-Led Coalition Creeping Toward Outright War With Syria? -- Danny Leffler, Task & Purpose