Led Coalition Forces Strike 'Syrian Pro-Regime' Forces

Led Coalition Forces Strike 'Syrian Pro-Regime' Forces

No U.S. personnel were injured in the attack by the pro-regime forces, unnamed officials separately told U.S. media.

USA officials say American advisors accompanying Syrian opposition forces came under attack by government-backed troops in Deir el-Zour Province.

Several U.S. officials said no Americans were injured or killed in the attack by the pro-regime forces, but one SDF member was wounded.

The coalition remains committed to focusing on that mission in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and asserts its non-negotiable right to act in self-defense, officials said.

U.S. forces reportedly responded to an "unprovoked attack" by Syrian pro-regime forces with airstrikes.

The official said the strikes were in self-defense after the pro-government forces began firing artillery and tank rounds at the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

They "were likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh from 2014 to 2017", the official said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

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

One Syrian rebel soldier was wounded but no US forces were killed or wounded, according to NPR's Tom Bowman, who is reporting from elsewhere in Syria. About 100 of the attackers were killed, the official said.

Another US official who spoke to CNN said it was unclear exactly who the pro-regime forces were but that the US is looking into whether Russian contractors operating in the vicinity might have been involved.

The Syrian army is backed by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces.

Officials said it appeared that the pro-regime forces were trying to take back land that the SDF had liberated from IS fighters last September, including oil fields in Khusham. "Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted PRF attack".

It's not the first time US -led forces in the country primarily to hunt ISIS have targeted pro-Assad forces in self-defense.

The U.S. Navy also launched a volley of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in April after Assad's troops used chemical weapons against civilians.

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