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Pro-Assad Forces In Syria Attack US Troops, Leave Sadder But Wiser

12 February 2018, 01:09 | Vickie Mathis

Pro-Assad Forces In Syria Attack US Troops, Leave Sadder But Wiser

Pro-Assad Forces In Syria Attack US Troops, Leave Sadder But Wiser

Syrian state-run media on Thursday confirmed a rare US strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria, citing reports of dozens killed and wounded from the attack.

The Pentagon said the strikes were a response to an attack by the Syrian military on the us -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) headquarters near the town of Khusham.

The strikes were carried out in self-defence after the pro-Assad troops started firing artillery and tank rounds at the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S. military claimed.

USA military officials said the attacks, which began late on Wednesday, were conducted to "repel acts of aggression".

The US, on the other hand, attacked a Syrian pro-government patrol in the area, and killed in excess of 100 fighters in the attack.

"We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh in September 2017", an unnamed USA official told Reuters, using an Arabic name for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). But, the Trump administration says they will be staying put until there is a peace settlement to the wider war that includes a transition away from the rule of President Assad.

One official said that assessment is based on information obtained from monitoring communications in the area and from drone surveillance.

The U.S. official claimed that the pro-Assad forces were "likely seeking to seize oil fields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh from 2014 to 2017". The US had chosen this town to train local Syrian forces to fight IS. Syrian forces control the western side of the line, and the SDF controls the eastern side of the line. This came after militants in adjacent Idlib province downed a Russian fighter jet and killed the pilot on February 3, the AP said, citing unconfirmed Turkish media reports.

"I am gravely concerned that the Trump administration is purposefully stumbling into a broader conflict, without a vote of Congress or clear objectives", said Sen.

In May, coalition aircraft strike a pro-regime convoy as it approaches a training garrison near the Al-Tanf border crossing to Jordan. Coalition officials alerted Russian officials of the SDF presence via the deconfliction line in advance of the attack, White said. The US-led coalition said in a statement that "it remains determined to focus on the struggle against the" Islamic State "in the Euphrates Valley, but has a right to self-defense".

As a result, 25 members of the pro-government unit were injured.

The Pentagon boss also dismissed any suggestion that Russian Federation, the Syrian government's most powerful military ally, had any control over the mysterious attacking force. "The incident was caused by uncoordinated reconnaissance and search operations plans of the Syrian militias with the Russian command task force in the locality of Salhiyah".

The US-led coalition in Syria committed a "war crime" by bombing pro-Assad forces and should be dismantled, Syria told the United Nations in a letter on Thursday. Uber exec says "no justification" for covering up breach MORE outlined a plan for USA policy in Syria, stating that a full troop withdrawal would be disastrous for the country.

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