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Syria Blasts US 'Act of Aggression' in Deir Ez-Zor

Syria Blasts US 'Act of Aggression' in Deir Ez-Zor

The U.S. -led coalition in Syria has killed an estimated 100 pro-Assad fighters in air and artillery raids this week, including military contractors from Russian Federation, reports say.

Syrian regime forces launched a coordinated attack that included about 500 regime troops, 122mm howitzers, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems on the US-backed SDF headquarters in Deir al-Zor province approximately five miles east of the Euphrates River.

US forces working in a headquarters for Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces came under fire from pro-Syrian forces Wednesday, which included Russian-made tanks and artillery, officials said.

"Syrian Democratic Forces acted in self-defense with support from the coalition to defeat an unprovoked attack by Syrian pro-regime forces in eastern Syria", she said. "Why they chose to initiate this attack, you'll have to ask them". The YPG is one of many groups that makes up the SDF.

Regime forces were likely attempting to take an oilfield near Khusham.

"Assad's regime is corrupt, and his methods of governance and economic development have increasingly excluded certain ethnic and religious groups", Tillerson added.

The river has always been a dividing line between US -backed forces and Russian- or Iranian-backed fighters of the Assad regime.

Turkish officials say the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Istanbul to discuss peace efforts for Syria.

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"I am gravely concerned that the Trump administration is purposefully stumbling into a broader conflict, without a vote of Congress or clear objectives", said Sen. The bombing occurred in the Middle Euphrates Valley in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The officials said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to the summit during a telephone call on Thursday.

The pro-regime forces includes several hundred soldiers as well.

The U.S. -led coalition said it was aware of a pro-regime build-up over the past week and informed Russian Federation of that build-up. Moscow's defense ministry said the US was more interested in seizing Syrian economic assets rather than driving out the Islamic State Group from its last major stronghold.

As a result, 25 members of the pro-government unit were injured.

"Syrian pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters February 7", the statement reads. "The incident was caused by uncoordinated reconnaissance and search operations plans of the Syrian militias with the Russian command task force in the locality of Salhiyah".

Khusha is five miles east of the de-confliction line that separates Russian-backed and US -backed forces in Syria.

The US, however, remained unmoved, promising to continue to support the US-allied forces in Syria "at any cost". "Plans for the actual partition of Syria do exist, and we are aware of that". The US also shot down a pro-regime drone after it dropped a munition in the vicinity of US troops in Syria.


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