US Occupation Forces Deploy Near Iraq’s Border with Syria, Jordan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of al-Hashd al-Ashayeri (Iraqi volunteer tribal forces) said that the US ground troops have deployed in Southern direction of al-Rotbah in Anbar province near the border with Syria and Jordan.

Hamid al-Shandoukh said that the US soldiers with a large number of vehicles have deployed in the desert region of Wadi al-Qazaf South of al-Rotba, near the ISIL positions.

He further said that the US soldiers have come from Ein al-Assad base in al-Baghdadi region, adding that they are moving in the region under the aerial support of US choppers and reconnaissance planes.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that the United States’ military build-up in Southern Syria violates the norms of international law.

The comments by Zakharova come as the United States last week transferred two high mobility multiple-launch rocket systems from Jordan to the US special operations forces base at Al-Tanf, Sputnik reported.

“This is an active US build-up of its military presence in the southern regions of sovereign Syria in violation of international law,” Zakharova told reporters at a weekly briefing.

The US-led coalition against ISIL has twice struck Syrian-government aligned forces in the Al-Tanf area.

US Army Preparing to Occupy Large Part of Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Russian military analyst pointed to the reinvigoration of the US Army forces in Southern Syria, adding that Washington is planning to disintegrate Syria and occupy more lands in the war-hit country.

“Now that the ISIL is on the verge of full collapse and has only small parts under its hold in Raqqa and Mosul cities, the Pentagon has taken the opportunity and increased its forces in Syria to seize control of ISIL’s lost lands,” Andrey Kushkin said.

“The move, is exactly the one that happened in World War II. The US army delayed in opening the second front and then opened it after disintegration of territories was possible, that is why Washington has increased its forces to disintegrate the country and bring large parts of it under its control,” Kushkin added.

He further added that the US, meantime, has deployed High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Southern Syria in order to cover vast areas of land in the region, adding that the US decision to deploy the missile systems is a clear warning to the Damascus government.

Kushkin went on to say that the US will not hesitate to use the HIMARS to show its power and underline its objectives in Syria.

He underscored that the US is serious to turn Syria into a new Afghanistan or Iraq.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the US military moves, pointed to the near absence of ISIL or other terrorist groups in the vicinity of the HIMARS’ staging area.

Earlier this month, the United States transferred two HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems from Jordan. The systems were deployed at the US special operations forces base near al-Tanf located 11 miles from the Jordanian border, Sputnik reported.

Lavrov said the Russian military was analyzing the US deployment of artillery systems in Southern Syria where terrorist groups were said to be virtually absent.

“The Russian military is naturally analyzing everything that is happening in this country, including taking into account the channel that we have with the US to prevent unintentional incidents,” Lavrov added.

“In this area, there are practically no Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) units and the deployment there of such serious weapons, which are not particularly suitable to combat Daesh… will not ensure the stability of communication channels between government and pro-government forces in Syria and their partners in neighboring Iraq,” he stressed.

Syrian Army Thwarts US Plan to Access Deir Ezzur

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued their advances against ISIL in Raqqa and Deir Ezzur provinces and managed to take control of a strategic town, blocking the path of the US and its affiliated militants to Deir Ezzur.

The army men captured the key town of al-Rasafeh West of Raqqa province and closed off the US planned move to Deir Ezzur city through Western Raqqa.

In the meantime, the army men closed off the Southern entrance of Raqqa city to ISIL by capturing al-Rasafeh.

Field sources said that recent advances of the army soldiers have blocked the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces path to approach Deir Ezzur.

Ali Maqsoud, a Syrian military expert said al-Rasafeh that is located West of Deir Ezzur and South of Raqqa is now under the control of the Syrian army, “so all US plans to access Deir Ezzur are null and void now”.

Earlier reports said that the army men continued their operation from borders of Syria with Iraq and managed to take control over Wadi (desert) al-Lo’weiziyeh and advanced tens of kilometers along the border, seizing control of al-Washash region, Wadi al-Wa’ar and al-Wa’ar dam.

A military source, meantime, reported that the army soldiers have entered Deir Ezzur province from its Southeastern part for the first time in the last five years, adding that the pro-government forces are only 125km away from Albu Kamal.