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U.S. coalition kills 100 fighters in air and artillery strikes

12 February 2018

Syrian state-run media says the US strikes killed and wounded dozens of tribal fighters, calling it a new effort "to support terrorism".

On Wednesday, US forces claimed that they attacked Syrian forces "in self-defense".

On Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it carried out several "defensive" airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir EzZor province in retaliation for what they described as an "unprovoked" attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military "advisers" who are backed by US. Syrian forces control the western side of the line, and the SDF controls the eastern side of the line.

The US-led coalition said Thursday it killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its allies in eastern Syria, in one its deadliest confrontations yet with forces backing Damascus.

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This came after militants in adjacent Idlib province downed a Russian fighter jet and killed the pilot on February 3, the AP said, citing unconfirmed Turkish media reports.

US-backed Kurdish-led forces have been competing for control of Deir el-Zour with Russian-backed Syrian troops that are reinforced by Iranian-supported militias. New details are emerging about the incident, suggesting both that the Syrian attack was far overstated, and the USA retaliation was overwhelmingly excessive.

USA warplanes and artillery batteries carried out an unprovoked massacre of up to 100 pro-government troops in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor Wednesday, signaling the initiation of a new and far more risky stage in the more than three-year-old direct United States military intervention in Syria. It also accused the US of carrying out a brutal massacre and committing war crimes.

The United States-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Syria killed over 100 Syrian soldiers in air and artillery strikes.

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One hundred and twenty of those who were granted amnesty entered the ranks of the USA -backed SDF umbrella group, according to Nebenzia.

The comments come after the US clashed with forces allied to the Bashar al-Assad regime overnight Wednesday in eastern Syria.

"Russia was invited to Syria by the legitimate government to help defeat the terrorists, and we did so since 2015". It also said it was aware only of 25 Syrian militia members having been wounded in the U.S. strikes.

As part of that mission, the United States has armed and trained the SDF to combat ISIS.

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U.S. coalition kills 100 fighters in air and artillery strikes