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Hezbollah threatens to attack Americans in Syria

The Syrian government’s allies will strike at American positions inside Syria if it crosses any “red lines,” Hezbollah warns.

The Lebanese militant group, a close ally of the Syrian government, issues the threat via its military media arm — one day after American forces bombed pro-government forces in eastern Syria.

The Pentagon said Tuesday the pro-government forces were infringing on a “de-confliction” zone established to protect US-backed local opposition forces, who are engaged in fighting the Islamic State group.

US-made armored vehicles are seen on a road near the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 3, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN)
US-made armored vehicles are seen on a road near the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 3, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN)

On its TV station al-Manar, Hezbollah broadcast footage it said was of an Iranian drone tailing an American one over eastern Syria. It said the video was proof the Syrian government’s backers could strike American units at will.

Iran is a key backer of Hezbollah and the Syrian government, and is deeply involved in the Syrian civil war.

Hezbollah’s military media said it was only “self-restraint” keeping pro-government forces from attacking American units.

— AP

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