are circulating that yesterday the US army made some very
unusual movement at the Syrian-Jordanian border, north of Jordan’s
sources said that about 20 US Army armoured vehicles (including
battle tanks and artillery pieces) carried on trucks were spotted in
Al-Mafraq. US troops were allegedly accompanied with the Jordanian
Army’s 3rd Division.
ISIS carried out a large attack against the US-backed Free Syrian
Army (FSA) in the Syrian desert. The US and Jordanian special forces
took part in repelling of this attack. Locals from Al-Mafraq
have talked about hearing a large number of explosions and jets
flying on the Syrian side of the border.
US Special Operation Forces, the UK Special Operation Forces and
units from some other countries have been conducting operations
across the Syrian-Jordanian border for a long time. However, it was
the first time when a notable number of US amoured vehicles was
experts describe this as indication that the US is preparing a
military operation against ISIS in this area.
important to note that the US Ro-Ro ship Liberty Passion had arrived
to the Jordanian port of Al-Aqapa few days ago. This event followed a
meeting between the Jordanian King and the US president. These two
facts support the idea that the US-led coalition could launch an
anti-ISIS operation in southern Syria from the direction of the
Syrian-Jordanian border. The goal of the operation will likely be to
get control over the Syrian-Iraqi border and to reach Deir
Ezzor. The operation will involve FSA members trained in camps
in Jordan and the US-led coalition’s forces.
forecasted a possibility of this option in March:
ISIS launched a surprise offensive on the Tanf Border Crossing between Syria and Iraq following a powerful car bomb attack on the border outpost which killed three insurgents from the FSA’s Osoud al-Sharqiyah (Lions of the East).
US-backed Syrian rebels were quickly surrounded by a group of ISIS fighters who have prowessed desert warfare and maneuvers prompting US and Jordanian troops to intervene hurriedly to lift the pressure off their Syrian allies. Some 20 US tanks and armored vehicles were allegedly involved in repelling the ISIS assault.
Jordanian jets were seen by eye witnesses; though it remains unknown whether airstrikes were carried out. Whether this is a minor intervention limited to protecting FSA fighters allied to the US-led Coalition or a prelude to a much more expansive operation aimed at expelling the Islamic State terror group from the Syrian Badiyah (desert) is yet to be seen.
Notably, a US-led effort last year with the now-disintegrated New Syrian Army (NSA) to seize Al-Mayadeen faltered pathetically as ISIS captured dozens of fighters, armored vehicles, and US equipment following a swift counterattack