Al-Tanf offensive (2016)

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Al-Tanf offensive (2016)
Part of the Syrian Civil War and
the Military intervention against ISIL
Date3[2] – 5 March 2016
(2 days)
LocationAl-Tanf, Homs Governorate, Syria
Result rebel get control of the post Al-Tanf
Belligerents

Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army Supported by:
CJTF–OIR

CIA[1]
 Islamic State
Commanders and leaders
Syrian opposition Khazal al-Sarhan
(New Syrian Army commander)
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
(Leader of ISIL)
Units involved

Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army

Military of ISIL
Strength
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Al-Tanf offensive (2016) was an offensive launched by the Free Syrian Army backed by the US against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), aiming to capture the Syrian border post Al-Tanf. Al-Tanf had been captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from the Syrian government in May 2015 and had been to shift militants and resources across the border.[3]

On 3 March 2016, the offensive to capture Al-Tanf began. After several hours of fighting the Syrian rebels captured the border post.[4][5]

A counter-attack took place, which led to ISIL recapturing the post several hours later.[6] However the fighting continued until the day after.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CIA Funded and SOF Trained: The New Syrian Army Hits the Ground". Sofrep. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ "New Syrian Army will 'liberate eastern Syria' from IS". The New Arab. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Syrian rebels seize Iraq border crossing from Islamic State: monitor". Reuters. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Wenn im Westen aus IS-Terroristen plötzlich wieder „Rebellen" werden". NEOPresse (in German). 10 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Syrian rebels seize Iraq border crossing from ISIS". Al Arabiya. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  6. ^ "The "Islamic State" regain control of the al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq, hours after losing control of it". Syriahr. 6 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Syria Rebels take border crossing from IS". Business Insider. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.