Bri­tish spe­cial forces in Syria ‘front­line ops’

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT—Bri­tish spe­cial forces are in­volved in front­line op­er­a­tions fight­ing ISIS in Syria, ac­cord­ing to rebel com­man­ders.

Mil­i­tary com­man­ders told Bri­tish-daily The Times that the spe­cial forces were de­fend­ing a rebel unit that has been un­der daily attack by ISIS, mark­ing the oper­a­tion as the first ev­i­dence of Bri­tain’s direct in­volve­ment in the war-torn coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Bri­tish spe­cial forces based in Jor­dan fre­quently cross into Syria to as­sist the New Syr­ian Army (NSA), a group that Western gov­ern­ments deem as mod­er­ate, that has been fight­ing the ISIS mili- tant group in the south­east­ern vil­lage of alTanf. NSA First Lieu­tenant Mah­moud al-Saleh told The Times that his group had a steady part­ner­ship with the Bri­tish spe­cial forces, who helped them with lo­gis­tics and the set­ting up of de­fenses.“They [IS] attack us at all times, 3am, 5am, 4pm, 11pm. If you look at the tim­ing of the as­saults it’s clear they don’t want us to get any rest.” Last month, ISIS de­ployed a car bomb at the NSA base, killing 11 and in­jur­ing 17. The sui­cide attack dam­aged the struc­ture of the base and, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Bri­tish troops crossed from Jor­dan to help them to re­build their de­fenses.—Agen­cies

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