US-led warplanes are reportedly flying over Syria’s border areas with Iraq amid Washington’s threats of a military strike against the Arab country over an alleged chemical attack there.
Sky News reported early Wednesday that the US-led fighter jets are patrolling at a low altitude over the Syrian border town of al-Tanf in Homs Province, where Washington runs a military base.
Other reports say the US-led coalition’s aircraft have been spotted in the Iraqi and Jordanian skies heading towards Syria.
“Heavy flight of US & coalition aircraft over the Syria-Iraq border,” said a journalist on the ground, according to the UK’s Daily Express.
A Twitter user also said, “Coalition jets soaring the skies in large Dayr al-Zawr desert.”
Russian planes are also in flight over Syria’s Idlib Province, according to pro-militant forces.
Russia warns against destabilizing moves
On Wednesday, the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on all sides to the Syria crisis to avoid taking measures that could exacerbate the “already fragile” situation in the war-torn country.
He further emphasized that the allegations that the Syrian government was behind the suspected chemical weapons attack in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma were not based on real facts.
The Russian official also called for an “unprejudiced and objective investigation before making judgments” on the alleged attack.
“All Kremlin officials are the advocates of an impartial probe into this situation so that trustworthy data can appear and so that we do not take guidance from rumors and empty reports in the media,” he pointed out.
The US Navy has said the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier will be deployed for a mission to the Middle East and Europe on Wednesday.
The warship, which carries 6,500 sailors, will set sail with seven attack ships and will replace the USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group that completed a four-month deployment to the Middle East.
Russia, which is assisting Syria in its counter-terrorism battles, has warned the US against any “illegal action” in the Arab country.