The Trump administration told U.S. forces to take whatever means necessary in protecting American interests in Syria, according to Washington Free Beacon.
The instructions come in response to reports that Iranian forces are deliberately probing U.S. weaknesses in Syria.
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Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, have already initiated multiple encounters with the United States by violating agreements worked out between Washington and Moscow aimed at preventing the various factions targeting ISIS inside Syria from coming into conflict. This is part of a campaign that analysts inside and outside the White House believe is aimed at testing the Trump administration’s resolve, sources said.
“That was very clearly a process of the Iranians and Hezbollah and [the] Syrian regime probing and testing our limits, and testing how much we were willing to do,” one senior Trump administration official said. “In every case, it was a matter of them testing and probing, and us responding by defending ourselves.”
The Pentagon has given U.S. forces the go-ahead to take any and all means necessary in response to Iranian attacks.
“What they found out very quickly,” said the official, was “us responding by defending ourselves. What was established was that we’re determined to defend ourselves.”