US-Led Coalition Strikes Pro-Assad Forces in Syria

FILE -- This , May 25, 2017 photo shows Syrian government troops taking up positions during fighting with Islamic State group militants, in the Syrian province of Homs. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)
FILE -- This , May 25, 2017 photo shows Syrian government troops taking up positions during fighting with Islamic State group militants, in the Syrian province of Homs. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has struck what it calls pro-government forces in Syria.

It says Tuesday's attack occurred after forces supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad entered an area near a coalition base in southern Syria with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, other vehicles and more than 60 soldiers.

A statement says the pro-Assad forces ignored several coalition warnings.

The Pentagon statement didn't further identify the targeted forces.

But in recent weeks, officials have complained about various militants refusing to leave an area near Tanf, Syria.

The U.S. and its partners train Syrian rebels there to fight IS.

The coalition struck similarly described forces in the area last month.

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