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U.S. strikes on Syria kill 100 regime troops

U.S. strikes on Syria kill 100 regime troops

The official said the strikes were in self-defense after the pro-regime forces began firing artillery and tank rounds at the us -backed SDF, which is dominated by the PKK terror group's Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG).

The pro-government forces had been backed by artillery, tanks and other heavy weaponry when they attacked an SDF headquarters "eight kilometres [5 miles] east of the agreed-upon Euphrates River de-confliction line", USA officials said.

After approximately 500 pro-regime troops carried out an attack with tanks, mortar fire, and artillery on the Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters, the coalition launched a counterattack.

No uniformed Russian soldiers were killed in the USA -coalition strike on Deir Ezzor, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement cited by Interfax on Thursday.

The targeted air and artillery strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-regime forces, the official said.

The US has backed the Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against the Islamic State group in northern and eastern Syria.

US air strikes late Wednesday into early Thursday killed more than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, American military officials said. He said Congress would know if the United States were entering a new conflict because they'd attack first, not respond.

The forces were "likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh [ISIS] from 2014 to 2017", added the official.

Although Turkey has backed opposition troops since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Ankara has moved closer to Assad's ally, Moscow.

The U.S. Navy also launched a volley of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in April after Assad's troops used chemical weapons against civilians.

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Also, the Russian Defense Ministry lashed out at the USA attack.

One SDF fighter was reportedly wounded in the incident.

Syrian government forces are active on the other side of the river around the city of Deir al-Zor.

The Wagner Group is a paramilitary contract force similar to the former U.S. Blackwater company that became infamous in the Iraq War. At least 100 militants affiliated with President Bashar al-Assad's regime were reportedly killed in the Coalition's attack.

The U.S. -led coalition said it was aware of a pro-regime build-up over the past week and informed Russian Federation of that build-up.

"While I am grateful that no US or coalition members were harmed in the attack, I am gravely concerned that the Trump administration is purposefully stumbling into a broader conflict, without a vote of Congress or clear objectives", Kaine said.

The Syrian government has repeatedly called for U.S. troops to leave Syria now that the IS war is over, and has regularly threatened to push them out by force.

Moscow's rhetoric against Washington took on Thursday a different direction, when Russian Federation accused the United States military presence in Syria of being used to oust the regime.

In June past year, a U.S. Navy jet shot down a Syrian plane after it attacked U.S. -backed fighters on the ground.


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