BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – United States special forces operatives based in Syria’s Al-Tanf region near the Iraqi border have willingly created a ‘reserve for terrorists’ according to Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin.
The Russian official did not clarify whether this terrorist reserve in Al-Tanf was a safe haven specifically for Islamic State militants (who Russia has already accused the US of harboring in the area before) or anti-Assad fighters more generally speaking.
Russian diplomatic and military authorities have become increasingly less discriminate in determining which Syrian-based militant groups are terrorists, particularly in regards to US-backed paramilitary factions.
Despite repeated promises to fully withdraw from their garrison at Al-Tanf, US special forces remain embedded throughout a 55 kilometer by 55 kilometer area throughout the region with recent reports suggesting that an additional six hundred American operatives are to be moved there.
Syrian pro-government forces who attempt to enter the US security perimeter near Al-Tanf are subject to airstrikes by coalition warplanes.