In comments to Reuters, the coalition said it had agreed to the request and four unarmed trucks were observed evacuating the wounded personnel from the area, where Islamic State has previously mounted attacks.Pictured above, fighters from the Syrian Democratic forces standing near US military vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij'Later, at a separate location in the de-confliction zone, the coalition observed a large Syrian pro-regime force enter the de-confliction zone,' the coalition added.'These forces were clearly hostile and comprised a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers, which were posing a threat to coalition and partner forces based at the al-Tanf Garrison,' it said.'The coalition issued several warnings prior to conducting the strike on two artillery pieces, an anti-aircraft weapon and a tank.'Tensions in southern Syria have flared as the intensity of the Syrian war has died down in areas of western Syria covered by an agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran to ease the fighting.
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The threat marks an escalation of tensions between the United States and the Syrian government and its backers over control of Syria's southeastern frontier with Iraq, where Washington has been training Syrian rebels at a base inside Syrian territory as part of its campaign against Islamic State.
Confessional militias include militia men from Assad's hometown and members of a fighting group founded by Assad's cousin.
Tribal groups include fighters from the tribes in the Badiya desert region and the Shaitat tribe militia men.
to help work these things out, and so we hope obviously that will not happen again,' he said.
The US-led coalition said that ahead of Tuesday's air strike there had been communications with Russia over allowing pro-government forces into the de-confliction zone to evacuate personnel wounded in an attack by an insurgent group.
The area is seen as crucial to Assad's Iranian allies and would open an overland supply route from Tehran to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon - the 'Shiite crescent' of Iranian influence that is a major concern to US-allies in the region.