Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Syrian Pro-Regime Forces Attack Prompts Coalition Defensive Strikes

Syrian Pro-Regime Forces Attack Prompts Coalition Defensive Strikes

The SDF cited a statement from the USA coalition which said "we (the USA coalition) have responded to the unjustified attack by pro-Syrian government forces on our partners of SDF".

The coalition launched air and artillery strikes in response to an "unprovoked attack" on a compound where rebel fighters were being trained by Americans in Khusham, Syria.

United States coalition forces have issued a statement on Wednesday confirming a series of U.S. airstrikes against Syrian pro-government forces along the Euphrates River.

One Syrian rebel soldier was wounded but no USA forces were killed or wounded, according to NPR's Tom Bowman, who is reporting from elsewhere in Syria. The Syrian army is supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces.

"Syrian pro-regime forces included approximately 500 personnel in a large, dismounted formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems, and mortars", a US military official said, according to Radio Free Europe.

"This action was taken in self-defence", the official said, adding that pro-regime forces that returned across the river had not been targeted.

They used artillery and aircraft.

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The official said the coalition suspected that pro-regime forces were attempting to seize territory, including lucrative oil fields, that the SDF had liberated from the IS in September.

"Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted (enemy) attack", the official said.

"The Coalition remains committed to focusing on the defeat-Daesh mission in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and asserts its non-negotiable right to act in self-defense", the statement said. Uber exec says "no justification" for covering up breach MORE outlined a plan for US policy in Syria, stating that a full troop withdrawal would be disastrous for the country.

No U.S. military members were injured in the clash.

The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the USA official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.

A US Navy F/A-18 shot down a Syrian regime Su-22 jet last June that had attacked US-backed forces on the ground.

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