Syrian state news agency SANA informed that the US attack had left “scores of persons dead and others injured” and caused “huge damage” to the area. About 100 pro-Assad fighters were killed after that attack.
The clash between the US forces and the Assad fighters was the largest incident. The Assad regime, which is funded and armed by Iran and Russia, and the American-backed Kurdish forces began when the regime forces moved across the supposed “deconfliction line” along the Euphrates river. The Euphrates has become a key strategic border, with the US-backed Kurds to the east of…
The local Syrian SANA agency described the action as an “aggression” by the coalition against “popular forces” who were fighting ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Some 500 pro-Assad troops carried out the attack using artillery, mortar fire and Russian-made tanks “in what appears to be a coordinated attack on Syrian Democratic Forces,” a US military official said.
The official said that about “20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters” of the Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters before the US-backed fighters and coalition forces “targeted the aggressors with a combination of air and artillery strikes.”
So far, the US official informed that at least than 100 Syrian pro-regime forces were killed while engaging Syrian Democratic Forces and US-led coalition forces.
‘This action was taken in self-defense,’
the US military official said, adding that pro-regime forces that returned across the river had not been targeted.