Iran backed Hezballah threatens US troops in Syria
Washington Free Beacon:
The Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah is vowing to launch strikes on U.S. forces operating in war-torn Syria in yet another sign that Iran and its terror proxies are beginning to take unprecedented direct action against American military coalition forces, according to U.S. officials and regional experts tracking the situation.The US will need to have the A-10s ready to deal with Hezballah and its potential truck bombs. Hezballah will be dealing with a far more lethal force than they did in Lebanon when they bombed Marines in a rear barracks area. The special ops base is not near any civilian area that Hezballah can use as cover.
Just days before Iranian-affiliated militants launched a series of strikes on U.S. forces in Syria, Hezbollah released an official statement vowing to boost its terror operations against America, according to a translation of the five-point document provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Officials and experts are viewing Hezbollah's declaration as further proof that Iran is willing to attack American-backed forces as part of its efforts to bolster embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. military officials acknowledged that Iran was likely behind a drone strike on American forces last week, a move that has escalated a growing proxy war in the region between Iran and the United States.
U.S. military officials told the Free Beacon that while they are not seeking a fight with Syrian-regime backers such as Iran and Russia, they will take forceful action to prevent attacks on assets in the area.
"The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally," one U.S. military official with Central Command, or CENTCOM, told the Free Beacon. "The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but is well prepared to defend itself from hostile threats if necessary."