The Pentagon has sent an additional contingent to the fortification of Al-Tanf, located in southeastern Syria and occupied by US-led coalition forces according to sources within the US’s Department of Defense.
Accordingly, more than 100 Marines have been transferred to the area.
It is noted that Washington has been reinforcing its military presence in the garrison area in connection with Russia’s warning of an attack in preparation against US-backed militants if they took refuge there.
“The US does not want a confrontation with Russia, the Syrian government or any other group that can support Syria in the civil war,” said William Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, was quotedas saying by the channel.
The Al-Tanf garrison is home to one of the largest US military bases in Syria, training and equipping the so-called Syrian armed opposition units as well as ISIS. In addition, the coalition provides support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) in the provinces of Raqqa, Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor.
Earlier this month, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said that a group of terrorists based in the Al-Tanf area tried to advance towards the ancient city of Palmyra. The advance was thwarted, two terrorists were killed, and two others were captured.
The detainees said that they had been charged with carrying out a series of terrorist attacks in the Palmyra region and ensuring the passage of the main terrorist forces to the city they had planned to conquer from Syrian government forces.
One of the prisoners also said that his group was being prepared even by US instructors. According to him, the weapons and ammunition had been from the North American base. Despite ISIS being a shadow of its former self, the US still justifies the existence of this illegal base as one used to continue fighting against the famous terrorist group.