Islamic State hits U.S.-backed Syrian Unicorn base near Iraq border

Islamic State suicide bombers on Sunday attacked a military base for U.S.-backed fighters near the Syrian-Iraqi border, leaving several dead before blowing themselves up, rebel sources and the militants said on Sunday.

They said the dawn attack on the heavily defended military camp near the Syrian al Tanf border crossing with Iraq involved at least one explosive-laden vehicle that rammed the gate of the base which was set up by the fledgling, Pentagon-trained New Syria Army.

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US Remington XM2010 sniper rifle in Syria

An image shared via Twitter on 17 June shows a member claiming to be affiliated with the New Syrian Army (NSyA) or an allied group operating in Syria’s Aleppo governorate. The combatant in the picture is armed with a US-made Remington XM2010 sniper rifle, adopted by the US Army as the M2010. Previously, images from the same twitter account purported to show a delivery of arms parachuted to besieged rebel forces inside the town of Mare, in the north of Aleppo governorate. These were likely provided on an emergency basis in the hopes of preventing rebel forces holding the town from being overrun by Islamic State forces, and to support the arrival of NSyA reinforcements. These supplies included significant quantities of ammunition, including mortar projectiles.

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Suppose America Gave a Proxy War in Syria and Nobody Came?

Last Wednesday, the New Syrian Army—America’s best, maybe only, hope to challenge the self-proclaimed Islamic State in its east Syrian stronghold—launched a daring attack on the heart of Islamic State territory.

By Thursday, it had gone wrong.

Islamic State had been waiting, and the New Syrian Army only barely avoided being annihilated by circling jihadists. On Twitter and in an interview with me, the group’s commander, Khaz’al al-Sarhan, railed against his American backers and speculated that his own group may have been infiltrated by Islamic State.

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The defeat at Abu Kamal | Colonel Cassad

At the end of June with Jordan in Syria came the CIA trained a group of militants more than 100 people (most of them studied in Turkey in 2015). Teaming up with local “green” and with the support of American specialists, this group (pathetically called the “New Syrian Army”) launched an attack on Abu Kamal an important town (from a logistical point of view) at the Syrian-Iraqi border (to the South is occupied not so long ago Ar-rutbah clipping of supply channels of militants in Anbar province). At the same time, the Americans planned to capture the airfield Hamdan to the North of the city, which can be used to supply the advancing troops and subsequent operations aimed at establishing control over the Syrian-Iraqi border. In the preparation of the offensive involved the US, Britain and Jordan.

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