Syrian state television on Thursday said the US -led coalition against Islamic State has bombed pro-Syrian government forces east of the Euphrates river in eastern Syria's Deir al-Zor province.
"Syrian pro-regime forces included approximately 500 personnel in a large, dismounted formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems, and mortars", a USA military official said, according to Radio Free Europe.
No American troops were killed or wounded in the incident, officials said.
According to reports a headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces came under fire from artillery and tanks.
The attack occurred eight kilometers east of the "agreed-upon Euphrates River de-confliction line". The US official said that US forces in the region counterattacked using artillery and aircraft.
SDF and government forces control areas on either side of the River Euphrates in Deir al-Zour province.More news: HTC U12 Apparently Shown Off During 5G Industry Event
Neither U.S. officials nor the U.S. -backed coalition have offered details on the identity of attacking forces.
"The coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repeal the act of aggression", it said.
"We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh in September 2017", the official said. Officials declined to say whether the airstrikes were conducted with manned or unmanned aircraft.More news: Man arrested, charged with circulating child pornography on social media
Such strikes reflect the reality that, after the defeat of ISIS, the United States has said troops in Syria are there primarily with an eye toward imposing regime change in Syria, and picking fights with the Iranians.
The U.S. maintains about 2,000 troops in the country. The YPG is one of many groups that makes up the SDF.
The official said it appeared the pro-government forces were trying to reassert government control of areas that the SDF troops had seized from the Islamic State previous year, and possibly to capture oilfields in the area. "It's not always readily apparent" what sort of forces they are maneuvering on the ground in Syria's crowded battlespace, he said.More news: Challenges are only just beginning, says Rahul Dravid
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