What has been described as a “rogue Iranian-led militia” has breached the 55 km deconfliction zone around the U.S Special Operations base at al-Tanf and attacked MAT, an anti-ISIS unit trained by the U.S.

Maghaweir al-Thowra (MAT) is a group that has been trained, equipped and led by American and coalition SOF operators in the tiny base of al-Tanf. MAT reported that an Iranian-led militia entered the 55km deconfliction zone and attacked their forces. They pushed the militia forces back.

MAT forces also claim that this rogue Iranian proxy may have come under attack from Russian airstrikes just outside of the deconfliction zone. Major Johnny Walker a spokesman with Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said that they are monitoring the situation but didn’t comment further as to whether U.S. soldiers took part in the fighting. 

“We are closely monitoring reported hostilities around the 55km de-confliction zone in southern Syria. We are coordinating with our partners, the Maghaweir al-Thowra, and using de-confliction protocols to ensure the safety of our forces,” he said.