Monday, 23 July, 2018

US Killed Over 100 Pro-Govt Fighters in Syria

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Elsie Buchanan | 12 February, 2018, 01:09

A USA official said late Wednesday that more than 100 forces loyal to Bashar Assad, were killed in the attack by the US-backed SDF in Deir Ezzor province.

The Pentagon insists it is keeping its focus on defeating IS, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday U.S. -backed fighters in eastern Syria faced a "perplexing" overnight assault by about 300 pro-Syrian government fighters whose nationalities, motives and makeup he could not identify.

US forces working in a headquarters for Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces came under fire from pro-Syrian forces Wednesday, which included Russian-made tanks and artillery, officials said.

The US-led coalition's attack on pro-government forces in Syria has again proven that Washington's true goal is to capture "economic assets" instead of fighting terrorism, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The US-led coalition supported the Kurdish counteroffensive with artillery fire and air raids to prevent government forces from advancing in an area which was controlled by ISIS a few months ago.

The coalition's move was in retaliation for the pro-Syrian government forces' targeting of the US-backed forces in the area, said the SDF.

Syrian Kurdish officials said they reached out to the Assad regime for assistance, to no avail. At least 100 militants affiliated with President Bashar al-Assad's regime were reportedly killed in the Coalition's attack. Russian Federation said it did not have personnel in the area, and its defense ministry said it only confirmed 25 Syrian militia were wounded, and no deaths.

Israel will defend itself against any attack & Iranian foothold in Syria - Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Shabbos afternoon convened with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Israel has struck weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside Syrian forces, nearly 100 times since 2012.


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.

The U.S. military launched airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops Wednesday, a rarity in the Syrian civil war.

"We appreciate the Russian Federation's professionalism and regular communication [with its military units deployed to Syria] via the de-confliction line", he noted. "Pro-regime forces initiated what appeared to be a coordinated attack on Syrian Democratic Forces east of the Euphrates River deconfliction line".

She said that Americans were in contact with Russians even after the attack.

Last year, USA aircraft shot down a Syrian jet after pro-government forces attacked US allied units in northern Syria. "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". Russia's foreign ministry said the US was attempting to secure Syrian resources.

It was in this complex military and political environment that the pro-Assad fighters shelled a Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters about five miles east of the Euphrates in Khusham, Syria, late Wednesday.

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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