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Pro-Syrian Forces Staying in Border Area Despite U.S. Warnings

Army Col. Ryan Dillon says the forces' continued presence is threatening U.S. forces

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian forces take up positions during fighting between government forces and Islamic State group militants in the ancient city of Palmyra, near Homs, Syria, Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo: SANA via AP
4 weeks ago

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military says that pro-Syrian-government forces remain in a protected area near Syria’s southern border with Jordan despite repeated warnings to leave.

The warnings were included in 90,000 leaflets the U.S. dropped in the area over two days.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group (I.S.) in Iraq and Syria, says the forces’ continued presence is threatening U.S. and allied troops, which the coalition is prepared to defend.

In this image provided by the Pentagon, a leaflet the U.S. dropped in Syria warning the forces to leave the area. Image: Pentagon via AP

The Pentagon describes the pro-Syrian-government forces as Iranian-backed.

The leaflets are written in Arabic and say the forces will be considered hostile if they don’t immediately leave. U.S. special operations forces are working with allied Syrian rebels at the Tanf military camp nearby.

The U.S. bombed pro-Syrian forces in the area earlier this month.

LOLITA C. BALDOR

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