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US jets attack Iran-backed militiamen in south-eastern Syria

The US military said the strikes were aimed at stopping the militia advance and protect fighters it has sponsored throughout the civil war. US jets have attacked a convoy of Iranian-backed militiamen in south-eastern Syria in the first clash between the American military and forces loyal to Tehran since the US military returned to the region almost three years ago. The US military said the strikes were aimed at stopping the militia advance and protect fighters it has sponsored throughout the civil war and in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.
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