U.S. airstrike repels attack by Syrian regime-backed troops

Randolph Lopez
February 8, 2018

A strike by the USA -led coalition on Syrian pro-government forces is an act of aggression, Interfax news agency quoted Russian member of parliament Franz Klintsevich as saying. The official spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Pro-government forces in Syria launched an assault on a base where US troops were operating in support of local partner units, triggering a counterattack from USA aircraft, the USA military said on Wednesday.

The flare-up lasted into the small hours of Thursday and was sparked by an attack on positions held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor province.

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

The SDF and the coalition targeted the attacking forces with air and artillery strikes after "20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 metres (yards) of the SDF headquarters location", the official said.

A US official told CNN that the attackers crossed the Euphrates armed with artillery and other weapons. One SDF fighter was injured, the United States officials said.

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The SDF, aided by coalition support, are battling so-called Islamic State militants east of the Euphrates River.

Syrian state news agency SANA, citing an army statement said its air defence units "destroyed most of" the Israeli missiles.

The U.S. coalition says in a statement that pro-regime forces attacked an SDF headquarters, and the U.S. launched the airstrike in self-defense. The state Al-Ikhbariyah TV said there were reports that dozens were killed.

"Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted (enemy) attack", the official said.

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

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