US-Led Strikes on Syria Pro-Regime Forces Kill 100

W460

The US-led anti-jihadist coalition carried out strikes in "self-defense" against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, leaving an estimated more than 100 pro-regime personnel dead, the US military said Wednesday.

The strikes were to counter an "unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters," the US Central Command said, referring to the coalition's Syrian allies, who have played a major role in the war against the Islamic State jihadist group.

"We estimate more than 100 Syrian pro-regime forces were killed while engaging SDF and coalition forces," while one SDF member was wounded, a US military official said.

According to CENTCOM, "coalition service members in an advise, assist, and accompany capacity were co-located with SDF partners during the attack."

"The coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression," it said.

The US military official said the attack -- which began on Wednesday -- involved some 500 personnel from "pro-regime" forces armed with tanks, artillery and mortars.

The SDF and the coalition targeted the attacking forces with air and artillery strikes after "20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters (yards) of the SDF headquarters location," the official said.

The official did not specifically identify the attacking forces, which could have been Syrian or from one of a number of allied militia units, including from Iraq and Lebanon, that are backing Assad in the country's seven-year civil war.

Russia is carrying out strikes in support of Assad, who has received substantial support from Iran as well.

CENTCOM said the attack occurred eight kilometers (five miles) east of the "Euphrates River de-confliction line," referring to a boundary agreed to by Russia and the US, with the former's area of operations to the west of the river and the latter's to its east.

"Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted" attack, the US military official said, adding that "Russian officials assured coalition officials they would not engage coalition forces in the vicinity."

The SDF -- an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters -- is working with coalition support to uproot the last IS jihadists from the east bank of the Euphrates, after capturing IS's main Syrian stronghold Raqa.

The main Kurdish component of the SDF, known as the YPG, or People's Protection Units, is the target of a military operation in northern Syria by US ally Turkey, which considers the YPG a "terrorist" group.

The attack on the SDF in eastern Syria could spell further trouble for the US-backed forces, which have largely avoided confrontation with pro-Assad units until now.

Comments 18
Thumb eagledawn 08 February 2018, 10:08

Making the world a better place
One hundred dead shia terrorists at a time
Pass the popcorn!

Thumb chrisrushlau 08 February 2018, 13:25

I'm sure this will blow over.

Thumb s.o.s 08 February 2018, 14:41

Hohoho you should see the smile on my face, my zygomatic muscles are hurting me so much it’s not even funny! :))))

Thumb Mystic 08 February 2018, 20:31

Yes more of a reason to let the Turks slaughter the American loving kurds.

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 February 2018, 01:23

Slaughter is the key term here for you? this is what you feed on and truly beleive that is the answer to resolve your issues? you could not be older that 14 years of maturity or be completely brainwashed that you would worship the toilet bowl that the bearded goat squats on. And then again maybe you do I have to respect that its a "deep" belief for you....

Missing un520 08 February 2018, 10:15

"....The official did not specifically identify the attacking forces, which could have been Syrian or from one of a number of allied militia units, including from Iraq and Lebanon, that are backing Assad in the country's seven-year civil war....."

Lets hope there were some Hezbollah among them...

Thumb thepatriot 09 February 2018, 02:46

Hell yeah un520!

Thumb gigahabib 08 February 2018, 13:00

^ The usual suspects cheering for their Caliph Trump.

Thumb janoubi 08 February 2018, 14:42

nowhere near when you cheer for your iranian supreme leader.

Thumb justin 08 February 2018, 16:40

you mean like when you chant 'labayka ya hussain'?

Thumb gigahabib 08 February 2018, 13:01

I wonder if the Americans will be this "brave" when the Turks come knocking on their door.

Thumb eagledawn 08 February 2018, 14:06

Lol, quite a story.

"Laugh out loud!" Aka, LOL.

Thumb s.o.s 08 February 2018, 15:39

Suddenly, GigaMoFan likes and praises the genocidal Zoltan. How surprising!

Anyone who oppresses people is worthy of being commanded by the Shia.

Thumb whyaskwhy 08 February 2018, 15:53

Sadly more deaths will resolve nothing further than more people miserable as I am sure you feel right now. This is not the solution as you can tell but the story of the middle East. This week the Americans hit back, next week it will be the Russians turn and so forth and so on it goes. So who is the real winner here which I am sure your badly in need of knowing? no one is the answer however the easier question is who is the looser here? The Syrian people who are paying the ultimate price with their Lebanese paying the remaining price for this senseless escapade to remove a dictator from power.

Thumb justice 08 February 2018, 18:14

and the heretic lives in America:)!

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 February 2018, 01:20

True WhataJoke, We all know that power corrupts and these so called axis nations have made the world ranking list year after year in the tops bracket. Iraq for example is #5 while Syria is at #8 and Iran at #23 not to mention another pivot of humanity and civilization North Korea scores in at 11 (Lebanon is at #53). The common denominator is that all these nations have a dictatorship in place. Conversely the least corrupt nations on earth are the Scandinavian nations that have democratically elected governments and a strong educational system, the USA with its might is at #17 for least corrupt.

Thumb shab 08 February 2018, 20:08

Good job. More please

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 February 2018, 01:21

Continuation- *WhataJoke* -These young misguided youth siding with Iran feel a need to “buck the system” and Kizballa recognizes that and encourages them further with their flags of war and displays of aggression. Sadly for them they do not realize they are wasting their lives away following these nuts who will ultimately lead them to harm. We were all young and reckless at one point or another in our life but fortunately for us we had choices to make change and they may not be able to do that.