United States airstrike repels attack by Syrian regime-backed troops


US-Led Coalition Forces Strike 'Syrian Pro-Regime' Forces

Over 100 soldiers of the pro-governmental forces of Syria have been killed from US-led coalition airstrikes, ABC reports. They spoke on condition of anonymity as details were still emerging on the attack.

In a statement on Wednesday, the US-led Coalition said it had conducted strikes against pro-regime forces after an "unprovoked" attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces.

SDF and government forces control areas on either side of the River Euphrates in Deir al-Zour province.

Following the siege on Raqqa, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that U.S. forces would focus on diplomacy and that they "won't just walk away" from efforts to stabilize the region.

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The official added that no United States personnel were killed or wounded in the engagement.

US officials said no Americans were injured or killed in the attack by the pro-regime forces.

The forces were "likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh from 2014 to 2017". The Syrian army is supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces.

Statements carried by the television stations called it a "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism".

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A reporter for the state TV station Ikhbariya said there were "dozens of dead and wounded" as a result of the attacks.

The statement was very light on details, but accused pro-Syrian forces of attacking the "headquarters" of the Syrian Defense Forces, where U.S. troops were stationed.

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.

The initial attack happened eight kilometers, or roughly five miles, east of the de-confliction line on the Euphrates River.

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