atynews.com – United States Marines (US) reportedly carried out direct airstrike drills in South Syria on Friday.
This exercise is claimed to be one of the US responses to the Russian threat which some time ago reportedly would attack US military posts in Syria.
Although in fact, some US Komandi leaders in the region denied the news.
Reporting from the Washington Post, Saturday (08/09/2018), it was confirmed by Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown, a spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) in a statement.
He said that the exercise was not aimed at fighting Russia or the Syrian government or other groups.
“The United States is not trying to fight Russia, the Syrian government or groups that might provide support to Syria in the Syrian civil war,” he said.
However, he stressed that the US would not hesitate to use the strength needed to defend US troops and their coalition.
“However, the United States will not hesitate to use the necessary and proportional power to defend US, coalition or partner forces,” he added.
Marine training involving the company unit was carried out near the US garrison in al-Tanf, along the Syrian-Iraqi border near Jordan. The US has long declared a 35-mile conflict zone outside the boundary for others.