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gpolit.com February 21, 2018


Led coalition strikes kill pro-regime forces in Syria

12 February 2018, 12:40 | Rufus Hill

Syrian regime may attack Kurdish-led forces again in Deir al-Zor: SDF

Syrian regime may attack Kurdish-led forces again in Deir al-Zor SDF

A US -led coalition in Syria killed more than 100 troops allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.

That same month, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle downed a Syrian drone that had attacked usa forces embedded with allied fighters and the us launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed fighters in southern Syria.

Syrian regime forces launched a coordinated attack that included about 500 regime troops, 122mm howitzers, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems on the US-backed SDF headquarters in Deir al-Zor province approximately five miles east of the Euphrates River.

It added that the coalition "conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition's defeat-Daesh mission".

The unending cycle of violence that is Syria got even murkier this week with USA -backed forces clashing with those of the Syrian government backed by Russian Federation and Iran in the far northeastern region, while farther to the west the US -supported coalition was being threatened by Turkish forces.

No U.S. troops were killed or wounded in the incident, officials said.

The forces were "likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for [IS] from 2014 to 2017, the official said". The US had chosen this town to train local Syrian forces to fight IS. So far, there is no evidence that the Russian contractors fired on USA troops.

The second official said given the believed relationship between the contractors and the Russian government, it is hard to imagine that Russian military forces in Syria were not aware of the contractors' activities and involvement in the attack. The YPG is one of many groups that makes up the SDF.

The U.S.is looking at whether Russian contractors might have been involved in a Wednesday attack on U.S. fighters and their partners, according to CNN. Now that the common goal of clearing out IS militants from Syria is nearly realized, Damascus and its allies have repeatedly threatened war against USA troops if they don't leave the country.

In September 2014, the USA and Arab allies launch air strikes on the IS in Syria, opening a new front in the fight against the jihadist group, already targeted by raids in Iraq.

According to Igor Girkin, an ex-commander of Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, two tactical units of the Wagner private military group had been hit by the US strikes on February 7.

Damascus and the US-backed Kurdish militia once worked towards the same goal in the region but they were never allied, and the collapse of the IS "caliphate" has further strained an already frosty relationship.Syrian state media confirmed that dozens were killed in the clash but appeared to deny the forces were army soldiers, describing the victims as "popular forces".

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.

Russian Federation on Thursday said the U.S. goal in Syria was not to fight IS, but to capture the country's economic assets.



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