24 June, 2017
The advance brought the Bir Qassab area under the control of government forces, it said, quoting a military source.
To some extent, that clash has already begun.
The coalition also issued a warning to the pro-regime forces. These troops are battling against the IS group in the Raqqa City, as the United States aircraft shot it down, the Russian revolt against the U.S. and told not to cross the Euphrates River in the west.
The area is far from the main battle lines of Syria's civil war.
The coalition reiterated that it remains committed to fighting ISIS in Syria, and that it does not seek to fight Syrian, Russian, or forces partnered with them.
The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. "That would be another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War", he said.
USA forces patrolthe outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, Syria, March 7, 2017. But this time, the missiles would have to saturate and defeat Russia's missile defenses first, which they could do by sheer numbers if not using electronic attack craft. "That's accepting a high level of risk", the official said.
However, there are serious concerns being expressed in the Pentagon that the USA could be dragged into a wider regional conflict, not just with Syria but Iran.
Bassam Abu Abdullah, a professor of International Relations at Damascus University, said the advances by pro-Assad troops undermined USA plans in the area to sever a land corridor linking the capitals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. Most recently, Tom Price resigned the post in February to join Trump's administration as health and human services secretary. "It has been the worst of all worlds", he said.
"I know the president is fond of secret plans", Goldenberg said.
Why did the United States down another Syrian aircraft? Assad and his allies protested but did little else.
That warning appears to have been ignored by the U.S., which shot down another drone in the area Russian Federation warned them against entering.
The US also believes Assad regime forces are pushing to reach the city of Deir Ezzor. It is a prize that the regime also wants to claim. Apparently, the Syrian fighter jet attacked the American-backed Syrian democratic fighters or forces. Twice this month, they have shot down what they called "pro-regime" armed drones, including one on June 8 that fired on Syrian fighters and their American advisers.
"It is absolutely illegal", Russia´s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Tuesday of the presence of American forces in Syria. "We ought not to confuse success in Raqqa and Mosul as something that means it's the end of the fight".
The US keeps an aircraft carrier with dozens of F/A-18E fighters aboard in the Mediterranean about all the time and hundreds of F-15s and F-16s scattered around Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan.
That took place near the Syrian city of Taqba, which has been the focus of fighting as US -sponsored ground forces advance on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.
At the White House, senior officials involved in Syria policy see what's happening through a lens focused as much on Iran as on the Islamic State. These small bases are an addition to the main garrison at At Tanf where U.S. troops are training local tribes to fight ISIS. ISIS is another name for the Islamic State.