Syria state media says US bombs military positions, Washington denies

Both US-backed Kurdish-led fighters and Russia-supported regime forces are separately fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor

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In February, dozens of pro-government fighters - many of them Russian mercenaries - were killed in air and artillery strikes carried out by U.S. forces in response to what they said was an attack on their allies' headquarters.

The Syrian army, alongside allied Iran-backed militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iraqi groups, drove Islamic State from Albu Kamal and its environs a year ago, but the jihadists have since staged attacks in the area.

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"There have been no strikes by United States or coalition forces in that area", it told AFP by email.

The commander, who is not Syrian and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the strike had killed and injured some Iraqi fighters but he did not give any numbers.

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Syrian state media say US-led coalition aircraft bombed pro-government forces near the border with Iraq on Sunday, leaving a number of people dead.

The mission of these forces was to protect and secure the border between Syria and Iraq and fight the remaining so-called "Islamic State" terrorists in the area.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition, which denied involvement.

"I'm sure you are familiar with the Israeli policy of not commenting on foreign reports, so I will stick to that policy and I can not comment on any reports in foreign media", said Israeli Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

The two forces have mostly avoided crashing into each other thanks to a de-confliction line that runs across the province along the winding Euphrates River.

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According to the officer, Imam Ali Brigades and Righteous Brigades members were killed in the military action, which took place south of Al-Bukamal, about 150 kilometers east of Deir Ezzor.

The buffer has largely been successful in keeping the two offensives apart, but there have been exceptions. Israel also has struck shipments of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon in the past.

The village had been one of the last IS-controlled areas in a corridor linking Syria with Iraq.

"For the first time in four years, Dashisha, a notorious transit town for weapons, fighters, and suicide bombers between Iraq and Syria, is no longer controlled by ISIS terrorists", Brett McGurk, the USA president's special envoy for the war against IS, said on Monday.

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