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US: US-led coalition attacks Syrian Govt forces east of Euphrates

9th Feb 2018
US: US-led coalition attacks Syrian Govt forces east of Euphrates

By Safvan Allahverdi

 

WASHINGTON (AA): Syrian pro-Govt forces Wednesday attacked the terrorist PYD/PKK-led SDF on the east of the Euphrates River deconfliction line in Syria, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

“Syrian pro-regime forces moved in a battalion-sized unit formation, supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems,” Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White told reporters in a press briefing, claiming that “20 to 30” artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF (PYD/PKK) headquarters location.

White said that SDF, supported by the coalition, responded to the pro-regime forces with a combination of air and artillery strikes, and the action was taken as “self-defense”.

“Pro-regime vehicles and personnel, who were turned around and headed back west, were not targeted,” she said, noting that the U.S. does not seek a conflict with the Bashar al-Assad regime.

“Any action that takes away from our ongoing operations to defeat ISIS is a distraction,” she added.

The U.S. media reported that more than 100 pro-Syrian Govt soldiers were killed during the attack. However, White did not provide any detail about the casualties.

Additionally, she said Coalition officials alerted Russian officials of the SDF presence via the deconfliction line in advance of the attack and the deconfliction process served its purpose.

“Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the attack,” she continued. “Russian officials assured coalition officials they would not engage coalition forces in the vicinity.”

Forces of the US-led “international coalition” have targeted popular forces that were fighting Daesh (ISIS) terrorists and Qasad groups in Deir Ezzor countryside in an attempt to support terrorism, reported Syrian news agency SANA.

SANA’s reporter in Deir Ezzor said that forces of the US-led coalition on Wednesday midnight attacked popular forces that were fighting Daesh terrorist organization and Qasad groups between the villages of Khsham and al-Tabyia in Deir Ezzor northeastern countryside, leaving scores of persons killed and others injured.

During the attack, one SDF soldier was wounded, and there were no coalition casualties, according to White.

Russian Defense Ministry said, “The coalition forces’ aggression showed once again that the real objective of the illegal presence of the US forces in Syria is not actually fighting against Daesh (ISIS) rather it is to seize and take over the economic assets that belong to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

The U.S. has long resisted Turkish criticisms of its support for the SDF, led by the terrorist PYD/PKK, contending that the group is a “reliable ally” in its fight against Daesh.

Turkey has pointed to the PYD/PKK as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist PKK, that has taken 40,000 lives in a 30-year terrorist campaign in Turkey.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Archive Photo: US-led coalition war crafts seen attacking Daesh near Turkmen-Barik village of Cobanbey in Jarabulus, Aleppo on 2 October 2016. Photographer: Huseyin Nasir/AA]

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