US Military jets BOMB Pro Syrian Regime forces

08 February, 2018, 13:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • US military strikes pro-regime forces in Syria after coming under attack

A military official, who provided information about the attack on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it on the record, said the attacking forces initiated the assault by lobbing artillery at the SDF and US forces, who were located eight miles east of the Euphrates River.

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.

Assad regime forces hit the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

No U.S. casualties were reported after the confrontation.

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One US official said the pro-government forces may have been trying to seize the Khusham oil fields.

The Syrian army, which is supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces, are active on the other side of the river by the city of Deir al-Zor.

Neither U.S. officials nor the U.S. -backed coalition have offered details on the identity of attacking forces.

USA coalition forces have issued a statement on Wednesday confirming a series of United States airstrikes against Syrian pro-government forces along the Euphrates River. Up to 30 artillery and tank rounds came within 500 yards of an SDF headquarters.

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After the attack the coalition "conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression".

No U.S. special operations troops were hurt in the attack, officials told Fox News. Officials declined to say whether the airstrikes were conducted with manned or unmanned aircraft.

Skirmishes between the SDF and Syrian Regime Forces are not uncommon given the recent major defeats of ISIS, with the retaking of its former capital Raqqa last October, resulting in both armed group's advances connecting.

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