Advertisement

U.S. military strikes on pro-Assad troops in Syria kill 100, official says

U.S. military strikes on pro-Assad troops in Syria kill 100, official says
From CBC - February 8, 2018

The U.S. military launched airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops Wednesday after as many as 500 attackers began what a U.S. military official said appeared to be a co-ordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by U.S. advisers in Deir el-Zour Province.

The official said the strikes were in self-defence after the pro-government forces began firing artillery and tank rounds at the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). About 100 of the attackers were killed, the official said.

It was a rare U.S. strike against forces that support Syrian President Basharal-Assad's regime.

The official said the pro-regime troops were in a large formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars, and that 20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within some 500 metresof the SDF headquarters.

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. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss preliminary details of the attack.

3 factions in the area

Advertisement

Continue reading at CBC »