At Tanf, which is near the Iraq-Jordanian border is home to a forward operating base used by coalition forces to fight ISIS and train Syrian rebels as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The garrison was also the sight of a series of clashes between U.S.-led coalition forces and militias loyal to the government of Bashar al-Assad during the summer of 2017, clashes that raised the possibility of an armed conflict between Russian, Iranian, and U.S. proxy forces in the region.
A Coast Guard seaman accused of murder was released from a San Diego brig Monday as the admiral overseeing his prosecution ordered a new hearing in the case.
Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Douglas Munro, a high endurance cutter based in Kodiak, Alaska.
Tucker is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, making false official statements, obstruction of justice and failure to obey orders. He has not entered a plea and won't do so unless his case is referred to a court-martial.