US air strike hits Syrian military position on Jordan border
Syria has said an aerial “aggression” by the US-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan killed several soldiers and caused material damage.
The air strike was the first such close confrontation between US forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad and is likely to increase tensions in the war-torn country.
The US-led coalition said on Thursday that an air strike hit pro-Syrian government forces it said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan.
The attack comes at a time when the US presence in Syria is becoming more visible, mostly in northern parts of the country where American troops are backing Kurdish-led forces fighting Islamic State.
In Geneva, Bashar al-Ja’afari, the head of the Syrian delegation to peace talks under way in the Swiss city, told reporters he discussed the air strike during a meeting with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura, describing the attack as “state terrorism”.
US officials and Syrian activists said the strike took place in the desert near the border with Jordan, although it was unclear if it struck the Syrian army or just militias allied with the government.