US air strike hits Syr­ian mil­i­tary po­si­tion on Jor­dan bor­der

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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.

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