US Coalition Kills 'More Than 100' Pro-Syrian Gov't Fighters

US Coalition Kills 'More Than 100' Pro-Syrian Gov't Fighters

US Coalition Kills 'More Than 100' Pro-Syrian Gov't Fighters

The U.S. -led coalition in Syria has killed an estimated 100 pro-Assad fighters in air and artillery raids this week, including military contractors from Russian Federation, reports say.

The official says the strikes were in self-defence after the pro-government forces began firing artillery and tank rounds at the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

"In order to repel act of aggression against partners" of coalition, several "attacks" were carried out, according to statement released by American Alliance, in which no details of possible personal or material damage have been given as a result of se Tensions.

"We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh in September 2017", Veale told Military Times.

The U.S. -led coalition had alerted Russian officials about the presence of SDF forces in the area far in advance of the thwarted attack, the U.S. official said.

American troops look out toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. He said Congress would know if the U.S. were entering a new conflict because they'd attack first, not respond.

The Pentagon said it was not looking for conflict with the Syrian regime, Reuters reported.

The strikes inflicted what could be the largest number casualties that the coalition has exacted against the pro-regime forces. So far, there is no evidence that the Russian contractors fired on US troops. The immediate cause of the incident, according to Russia's Defense Ministry, was the fact that the militia unit acted on its own, without consulting Russian advisers first.

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White added that all pro-government vehicles and personnel who turned around and headed west were not targeted during the coalition strikes.

No US forces and one SDF fighter reportedly died in the operation. Syrian government forces are active on the other side of the river, notes Associated Press.

Before the US counter-attack began, American military officials called their Russian counterparts on a pre-established hotline to voice concern about the build-up.

It was not immediately known if any of the Syrian pro-regime forces were killed or injured in the coalition's retaliatory strikes or what was the makeup of the forces. 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.

In June 2017, a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 that had attacked Syrian Democratic Forces. The reports called the strikes an "aggression" and said they killed dozens of people.

Russian Federation is the regime's main ally on the ground in Syria and in the global arena, frequently using its permanent seat on the Security Council to provide Damascus with diplomatic cover within the worldwide community.

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

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