US forces repel ISIS attack on military base in Syria

BY VICKY WEBB | PUBLISHED: 04-12-2017

Two United States military officials have confirmed that U.S forces on Saturday helped repel an ISIS attack on a military base in Southern Syria and killed all the ISIS fighters.

ISIS attacked an entry gate at the Al Tanf garrison with a vehicle-borne IED, supported by approximately 30 fighters, some wearing suicide vests.
At the time of the attack, there were United States forces at the base, as well as others on patrol.

They all reacted to the attack, alongside other coalition members and Syrian opposition forces, with direct fire and airstrikes.

According to the sources, all the ISIS fighters were killed, and there were no American casualties.

"The enemy was crushed," one US military source said.

The site of the attack is a coalition base that the United States operates from while partnering with and training friendly Syrian opposition fighters.

Last week, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase near the city of Homs. The strike was in response to a reported chemical weapons attack that killed an estimated 100 people.

On Sunday, The US ambassador to the United Nations Niki Haley declared that her government does not see peace and stability in Syria if President Bashar al-Assad stays in power.

Speaking on Sunday's "Meet The Press," Haley told host Chuck Todd that the US does not see peace happening in Syria with Iranian influence.

" In no way do we see peace in that area with Russia covering up for Assad. In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government," Haley said.

The ambassador noted that the United State's core priority is still to defeat ISIS, but added there could be "multiple priorities."

 

 

 

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