Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war , the armed forces of the United States have maintained a military base near the border crossing, where British soldiers are also stationed. The official task of the special forces is to train the Free Syrian Army and Revolutionary Command Army to fight the Islamic State . Iran, allied with the Syrian regime, is trying to force the US troops to withdraw.
In October 2018, the US armed forces still had a few hundred soldiers and around the same number of allied Syrian fighters stationed in at-Tanf.
In October 2019, the base was the last US base in Syria after the withdrawal from the rest of northern Syria. 150 soldiers of the special forces remained in at-Tanf.
- Florian Rötzer: Al Tanf: Battle for the Syrian-Iraqi border crossing in the desert - Telepolis. In: heise.de. June 22, 2017, accessed on June 24, 2018 (Permalink: https://heise.de/-3751696 ).
- Missy Ryan: "Tiny US base assumes outsize role in Trump's Syria strategy" Washington Post, October 22, 2018
- Assad Forces Surge Forward in Syria as US Pulls Back . October 14, 2019.