U.S. coalition conducts airstrikes against Syrian regime troops

U.S. coalition conducts airstrikes against Syrian regime troops

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against pro-regime forces in Syria on Wednesday, killing over 100 pro-regime fighters, the coalition said in a statement.

"Syrian pro-regime forces included approximately 500 personnel in a large, dismounted formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems, and mortars", a USA military official said, according to Radio Free Europe.

In a statement, officials said coalition service members in an advise, assist and accompany capacity were with SDF partners during the attack, about 4 miles east of the agreed-upon Euphrates River de-confliction line.

USA officials said it was not immediately clear whether the attacking forces were part of the the Syrian military or belonged to foreign militias or other units who fight in support of the government. The river has acted as a "deconfliction line" between Syrian government forces and US -backed SDF units in some areas of Syria. "In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition's defeat-Daesh mission".

One SDF fighter was wounded in the incident, the official said.

A rare U.S. airstrike in Syria has killed approximately 100 pro-government troops.

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The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the US official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.

The combination of air and artillery strikes came after pro-regime troops attacked the compound of the Syrian Democratic 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.

This is not the first time the USA military has clashed with pro-regime forces in Syria. The SDF are a USA -backed alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria.

Russian Federation and Iran back Assad, while the United States and Turkey support differing rebel groups fighting the government.

On May 18, they attacked pro-regime forces that continued approaching coalition troops despite warning shots and Russian attempts to halt the troops. Coalition aircraft have struck regime forces who were perceived as posing a threat to a base at At Tanf, Syria, that houses United States and coalition military advisers.