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Led Coalition Strikes Pro-Syrian Government Forces

Led Coalition Strikes Pro-Syrian Government Forces

Without elaborating, a Syrian military source said the airstrike had hit "one of our military points", state TV reported.

A Syrian government's military source said the USA strike hit "one of our military points" late Thursday, killing several people and causing material damage.

A U.S. military strike in Syria on Thursday was "government terrorism" and caused a massacre, Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari said on Friday.

The official did not give a number for how many soldiers were killed, but said the Syrian army was fighting terrorism and no one else had the right to decide in which areas it can carry out operations.

Russia has criticised the strike, with Gennady Gatilov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, said the attack was unhelpful in resolving Syria's crisis and added that civilians had been hurt, Russia's Interfax new agency reported.

The statement said coalition forces have been operating in the area "for many months training and advising vetted partner forces" in the battle against IS.

This was despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards al Tanf, coalition aircraft show of force and warning shots.




Assad condemned that USA strike on a Syrian airfield as "reckless", "irresponsible" and "short-sighted".

The Damscus-Baghdad highway was a major weapons supply route for Iranian weapons into Syria until Islamic State seized territory along the Iraqi Syrian border, regional intelligence sources says. The commander made a decision to call in an airstrike after warnings were not heeded by the pro-Syrian government force, he added.

A member of the US-backed Syrian rebel forces told Reuters the convoy comprised Syrian and Iranian-backed militias and was headed toward the Tanf base when they clashed with some rebel forces.

US military forces launched new airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting pro-Assad forces in the southern part of the country, reported BuzzFeed News.

"The flagrant attack by the US-led coalition on Syrian army posts in Tanf exposes the real scheme by United States and Zionist entity against Syria", the source said.

Speaking to reporters, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. will defend its troops in case of "aggressive" steps against them.

In April the USA launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.


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