Syrian negotiator calls U.S. strike 'terrorism' and a 'massacre'

The U.S. Air Force targeted a convoy of vehicles belonging to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after they came within 18 miles of a secure U.S. base at al-Tanf, a training center for Syrian rebels.

Pro-regime forces were struck following warnings as they were advancing inside an established de-confliction zone near At Tanf in Southern Syria.

A USA defence official said the convoy had not responded to numerous warnings that it was "getting too close to coalition forces".

Assad condemned that USA strike on a Syrian airfield as "reckless", "irresponsible" and "short-sighted".

A member of the US -backed Syrian rebel forces told Reuters the strikes hit a convoy of Syrian and Iranian-backed militias that were heading toward a base used by usa and US -supported forces.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon refuels from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Feb. 15, 2017.

A US official told The Associated Press that pro-government "forces must now withdraw outside of the established de-confliction zone to avert further Coalition action and remove the threat to our forces".

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Although the Western commanders instructed their troops to demonstrate a "show of force", the Syrian troops refused to "move out of the deconfliction zone", a source told Fox News.

There can be no justification for the United States coalition's strike on the Syrian Army positions, the Defense Ministry stressed, adding that the attack "shows the real goals" of the coalition.

Syria on Friday condemned a US-led coalition strike on pro-government forces as a "brazen attack" and said it would "not be intimidated" after the surprise assault.

United States warplanes have struck Syrian pro-regime forces in a mission to protect British and American soldiers in the country's southeast. There were US advisers operating at the base at the time of the airstrikes.

Syria's ally Russia said the strike had hit civilians and was unacceptable, Russian news agencies reported.

Pro-Assad Shia militias backed by Iran have historically operated in that area.

The officials said five of the vehicles are within 29 kms of the base at about midnight when the aircraft was dispatched.

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