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United States Confirms Airstrike On Pro-Govt Forces In Syria

ABC News: The United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it hit pro-Syrian government forces near the border with Jordan that “posed a threat” to U.S. forces and rebel groups in the area.

The coalition statement late on Thursday says the coalition hit the pro-Syrian government forces after warning shots, a show of force and apparent Russian attempts failed to dissuade those troops from moving into the “de-conflicted area.”

The de-conflicted zone, agreed between the United States and Russia, is located around Tanf, where the borders of Jordan, Syria and Iraq meet.

The statement says coalition forces have been operating in the area “for many months training and advising vetted partner forces” in the battle against IS.

Syrian activists say the strike destroyed vehicles and left casualties. There was no immediate word from the government, Iranian troops or Hezbollah militants on any casualties.

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