Convoy hit by coalition in Syria likely 'Iranian-directed': Mattis

US-led aircraft struck the convoy as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the border with Jordan, an American defence official said.

A US-led coalition spokesperson has confirmed that coalition strikes in southern Syria struck Syrian government armed forces, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the strikes destroyed four vehicles but there were no immediate details on casualties.

The US-led coalition said the pro-regime forces consisted of Syrian and Iranian-backed militias and "posed a threat to US and partner forces".

Russia also criticized the strike, with Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov Gatilov accusing the US on Friday of violating Syria's sovereignty and alleging the airstrike hit civilians, according to Russian media.

Syria said the strikes were a "blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism", while Russian Federation said it was "unacceptable" and a violation of Syrian sovereignty.

The region around Tanf, where the borders of Jordan, Syria and Iraq meet, has been considered a de-conflicted zone, under an agreement between the US and Russian Federation that went into effect earlier this month.

There is a Syrian regime base nearby, the official said, adding that forces there are equipping to handle about a battalion's worth of troops.

In this case, an official told The Associated Press, Russia tried multiple times to contact the Syrian forces.

According to David Martin, CBS News national security correspondent, the us attacked regime vehicles that had violated a deconfliction zone twice in three days.

The U.S. military attacked a Syria-government airfield with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on April 6 in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians, including children.

President Bashar al-Assad's army is trying to prevent US-backed forces from leading that fight.

Two US aircraft were dispatched as a "show of force" to get the Syrian vehicles to turn around. Last summer, Syrian fighters trained by the US who operated out of al-Tanf were bombed by Russian jets.

The sixth round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva which started on Tuesday was "short, but productive, ' Gatilov said".

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