US Military Strikes Kill More Than 100 Syrian Pro-Regime ISIS Fighters
Washington, Feb 8: More than 100 Syrian pro-regime ISIS fighters were killed on late Wednesday and early Thursday after the US-coalition military forces conducted air and artillery strikes, the coalition, in a statement, said. The strikes, according to the reports, were carried out by after the forces allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “initiated an unprovoked attack” against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) where coalition advisors were working with US-backed Syrian fighters.
The US official said that nearly 500 pro-regime troops using artillery, mortar fire, and Russian-made tanks attacked the Syrian ISIS forces killing nearly a hundred. “Syrian pro-regime forces maneuvered T-54 and T-72 main battle tanks with supporting mortar fire in what appears to be a coordinated attack on Syrian Democratic Forces approximately 8 kilometers east of the Euphrates River de-confliction line in Khusham, Syria,” the US official said.
The official added that nearly “20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters” of the Syrian Democratic Forces headquarter which prompted the US forces and coalition forces to target “the aggressors with a combination of air and artillery strikes.”
“We estimate more than 100 Syrian pro-regime forces were killed while engaging (Syrian Democratic Forces) and Coalition forces,” the official said. The official further added that the action was taken in self-defense and no US force or coalition fighter was killed in the attack. One member of the Syrian Democratic Forces was injured in the attack, the official added.
The attackers were attempting to seize territory that included lucrative oil fields, that the SDF had taken off from the clutches of ISIS in September 2017.