U.S. announces military exercise in Syria after Russian Federation warns of possible attack

Russia warns US of pending attack in Syrian area with US troops

BREAKING: Russia WARNING - Putin preparing to ATTACK area in Syria occupied by US troops

USA military officials bluntly warned Russian and Syria not to go forward with an attack within a 35-mile-wide security zone that the us maintains around Tanf, a key strategic outpost.

CNN cited several U.S. military officials as saying on Friday that Russian Federation has warned the Pentagon twice in the past week that its forces, together with Syrian troops, were prepared to wage an attack on terrorists in the area where dozens of United States troops are stationed at At-Tanf garrison, described as "a key strategic location" for the USA as it competes with Iran and Russian Federation for influence in the region.

"The United States does not seek to fight the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing it support", a defense official told CNN, noting that "however, if attacked, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend U.S., coalition or partner forces".

The coalition is "deconflicting" the exercise with Russian Federation using the established communications line "intended to prevent miscommunications or escalations in tension", the release said.

Information is not officially confirmed, reported CNN, citing several representatives of the Ministry of defense.

This is all near the USA base at al-Tanf, on the corner between Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. "There is no reason for Russian or pro-regime forces to violate the confines of that deconfliction zone".

The officials said that no current indications of Russian ground forces massing near the US military base existed, but Russian airstrikes or missiles launched from warships in the Mediterranean could threaten the area. The base is used by USA special forces to train Syrian fighters who are confronting Islamic State militants.

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The use of the wording "precision strikes" in a written note to the US sparked alarm with US commanders that the Russians are signaling their intent to strike with aircraft firing precision weapons, or missiles launched from Russian ships in the Mediterranean, US defense officials tell CNN.

So far, no buildup of Russian ground forces has been observed in recent days, officials said.

On Friday, for example, the presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey, all of whom have fighters in Syria, held a summit in Tehran to plot their next moves.

The exercises come as the Trump administration continues to deliver increasingly strident warnings over an assault on Idlib.

"The United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war". USA officials have warned that the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces against the enclave would result in US reprisals. The US has long demanded everyone stay away from this base, except rebels of course.

While most of the Syrian War is centered at this point around the Idlib Province, the last major rebel bastion, there is also interest in mopping up some of the smaller rebel positions along the Jordan border, especially where ISIS and al-Qaeda are concerned.

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