The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jet has bombed Syrian forces near border with Iraq and Jordan last month, killing an army officer and injuring seven others in its first such attack since April this year when it took part in a series of airstrikes in that country, reports the Sunday Times.
The London based daily report says that the RAF bombed Syrian regime forces after a desert battle erupted near a British SAS training base. A Typhoon fighter jet dropped a 500lb laser-guided bomb during a fire-fight.
The Sunday Times said that UK dropped the bomb because they thought Syrian troops were trying to approach the al-Tanf base where anti-government Maghawir al-Thowra militants are trained and commanded.
Tehran based Press TV reports that US has set up the heavily-fortified base in the al-Tanf desert where the Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian borders meet. It said, “The US and its allies have marked a 34-mile (54-kilometer) zone in the area and warned Syrian forces against approaching it inside their own territory”.
Press TV has also quoted a Russian military expert, at the country’s foreign ministry, saying that the Pentagon is training dozens of Takfiri terrorists at 19 military camps inside Syria.
The terrorist groups following Saudi Arabia nursed Wahabi ideology are known as Takfiris as they consider Shia Muslims as infidels (Kafir) and justify killing the innocent civilians. Daesh (IS), Al-Nusra front and several other groups in Syria and Iraq have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people since their aggression after 2011.
According to New York Post the Britain’s Ministry of Defence refused to identify the target, but said the strike was a “wholly proportionate response.’’
Syrian leaders have repeatedly alleged that US and its allies were trying the country and prolong the armed conflict.
Last month, Syria’s state news agency SANA said the US had airlifted two high-ranking commanders of Daesh (IS) terror group in the Twaimin area to an American base in al-Shaddadi in the Hasakah province.
The US and its allies claim of bombing Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
Damascus says the US and its Western and regional allies are aiding terrorist groups, while Israel carries out sporadic strikes against Syrian government forces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), considered to be supportive of Bashar al-Assad opponents, has also said “explosions’’ had been heard in the desert near a base called al-Tanf.