'Unprovoked Attack' Results in US Military Killing 100 Syrian Soldiers

'Unprovoked Attack' Results in US Military Killing 100 Syrian Soldiers

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, a de-confliction line between the coalition and Russian and Syrian forces, according to Business Insider.

Russian Federation officially withdrew its forces from Syria in December 2017 after two years fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad, though hundreds of private military contractors from Russian Federation remain in the country.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis did not deny the strikes, but declared the attacks were in self defense, "We are not getting engaged in the Syrian civil war", he said, adding that it was perplexing to him why the heavily armed government battalion would cross a well-established "deconfliction line" to shell an area where it was known that U.S. special operations forces were working with the SDF.

"We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh in September 2017", an official said.

An worldwide aid organisation warned on Friday of a "humanitarian disaster" in Eastern Ghouta caused by the major bombing campaign by the Syrian government that has impeded essential relief operations.

Reuters reported that regime forces were likely trying to take an oilfield near Khusham, citing a U.S. official.

"After 20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF headquarters location, Syrian Democratic Forces supported by the Coalition targeted the aggressors with a combination of air and artillery strikes", a US coalition statement said.

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He said United States and Russian military officers spoke by telephone before and during the confrontation, and there is no indication the aggressors included Russian forces or a militia operating under Russian influence or control. The U.S.is looking into whether Russian contractors operating in the vicinity were also involved, according to another U.S. official who spoke to CNN, saying there is no direct evidence yet that the Russians had fired on the SDF facility.

While Washington's mission is to finish off IS and ensure it does not return, the U.S. also has a stake in stabilizing swathes of Syria.

"Nobody invited them there", Vasily Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that a hard fought for stability in Syria is being jeopardized by U.S. actions.

According to Russia's Ministry of Defense, the advancing pro-regime forces had not coordinated with Russian officials in the area. "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".

The Wagner Group is a paramilitary contract force similar to the former U.S. Blackwater company that became infamous in the Iraq War.

Damascus accused Washington on Thursday of committing a "war crime" in Syria after coalition airstrikes and artillery attacks killed scores of pro-government fighters in Deir Ezzor province, Reuters reported. But the United States argues that if it were to pull out, a fight for control over these areas would ensue.

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