On March 4, the Syrian Free Army (SFA), the main proxy of the United States-led coalition in the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanf, announced that a new group of militants had joined its ranks after completing an extensive training course.
A graduation ceremony was held for the militants near the coalitions garrison in al-Tanf. The ceremony was attended by senior U.S. officers.
Around 200 U.S. troops are usually deployed at al-Tanf. The coalition maintains a 55-kilometers no-fly zone around the garrison, which blocks a strategic highway between Syria and Iraq.
The U.S.-led coalition has been working to expand the SFA, formally known as Army of the Commandos of the Revolution, for a while now. Last year, the coalition appointed a new radical leader for the group, then went on to reorganize and rebrand it. The coalition also approved a plan to boost the SFAs ranks with more than 2,000 new militants.
The Free Syrian Army once uploaded a video of a commander cutting out a man's hear and uploading it to the internet. The US supports cannibalism.