Russia has warned Washington multiple times this week that its forces are prepared to attack an area of Syria that has dozens of US troops, according a report.
Moscow reportedly claims the area, which includes a US-led anti-Daesh coalition base, contains Al-Qaeda or Daesh militants, according to CNN.
US troops defend a 34-mile exclusion zone around Al-Tanf base. Washington has discouraged Moscow from challenging the American military presence.
“We have absolutely advised them to stay out of Al-Tanf,” a US official told CNN, stating that “we are postured to respond”.
“The United States does not seek to fight the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing it support,” a defense official told CNN, noting that “however, if attacked, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend US, coalition or partner forces”.