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Syria, Russia slam U.S.-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria, Russia slam U.S.-led attack on pro-Assad forces

The airstrikes are understood to have hit a pro-regime militia that was advancing on USA and coalition forces at At Tanf, according to Operation Inherent Resolve, the official name for the coalition fighting ISIS.

On Thursday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that despite the strikes the US forces were "not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops".

There were no immediate details on any civilian injuries.

Syria's state news agency SANA said 52 Aqareb residents were killed by Islamic State militants in the attack. The statement also for the first time publicly confirmed the presence of U.S. forces in Tanf, saying that the "agreed upon de-confliction zone agreement remains in effect".

On April 7, the U.S. forces fired 59 Tomahawk missiles targeting regime's Shayrat air base in Homs province for being used in the chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun.

"Coalition forces have operated in the At Tanf area for many months, training and advising vetted partner forces who are fighting" the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, in Syria, the officials added.

"We discussed the massacre that the USA aggressor committed yesterday in our country".

The official statement said that Russian Federation had made "apparent" attempts to "dissuade Syrian pro-regime movement south toward At Tanf", but that those efforts were "unsuccessful".

In this case, an official told The Associated Press, Russia tried multiple times to contact the Syrian forces.

The Syrian military official said that attempts to justify this attack by claiming that the targeted troops did not respond to the warning not to advance are "categorically rejected".

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began following anti-government demonstrations in 2011.

This is the second time the United States has attacked directly forces of the Assad regime in Syria.

USA aircraft then attempted to buzz the regime, but when the convoy did not turn around, they conducted a strike against some of the vehicles. The deconfliction zone in southern Syria was established "where the United States, Jordan and Israel are eager to prevent Iranian-backed groups, especially Hezbollah, from expanding a foothold".


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