British special forces in Syria ‘frontline ops’
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