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>> The US Military carried out an air strike Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government. US officials telling Reuters the militia posed a threat to US fighters and their allies in the country's south. According to officials in a coalition statement, the group ignored warning shots from US Aircraft, even after, quote, apparent Russian attempts to dissuade their advance A US official speculated that the group might have been trying to establish a position near the garrison used by US and allied forces around the town of.
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The strikes would be the first against fighters aligned with Syria's government since the US launched cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in April. Since they appeared defensive in nature, Thursday's strikes did not suggest a shift in the US military's focus in Syria which has been on battling Islamic state militants.