On Monday, the al-Tanf military base east of Homs witnessed a meeting between the commander of the international coalition, General Matthew McFarlane, and the leadership of the Free Syrian Army.
A source from the Free Syrian Army told Syria TV that McFarlane visited the al-Tanf base on that day and held a meeting during which they discussed many issues, most notably joint military coordination, especially in the field of training, armament, and support.
The source added that this meeting confirms “joint efforts to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS and move forward towards a better future for the region.”
The FSA welcomed the visit of the commander of the international coalition, General Matthew McFarlane, and posted photos of the meeting, which took place at the al-Tanf military base. McFarlane’s visit to the al-Tanf base comes days after the base was targeted by missiles from three drones, which injured members of the Free Syrian Army, according to the US military.
At the end of 2022, General Matthew McFarlane visited Hassakeh, where he met with the commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, and the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Pavel Talabani.
The Tanf base is located in the 55th zone, a 55-kilometre anti-clashes zone between America and Russia, east of Homs, on the tri-border area between Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, which America established in 2016 after it was captured from the grip of the Islamic State (ISIS), and is considered the center of coalition operations against the organization.
The Tanf military base houses between 100 and 200 U.S. troops, along with other international coalition soldiers, and Free Syrian Army fighters are stationed there. Al-Tanf is the only site where the United States has deployed a large force in Syria outside its positions within SDF-controlled areas in northeastern Syria, and the base aims to contain the Iranian military expansion in the region.
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