Pentagon Official Describes Response to Attack by Pro-Regime Syrian Forces

Syrian fighters and their trainers attend a graduation ceremony at the end of a US-led training program | Delil Souleiman  AFP via Getty Images

Syrian fighters and their trainers attend a graduation ceremony at the end of a US-led training program | Delil Souleiman AFP via Getty Images

The new aggression by US troops and allied countries against troops loyal to President, Bashar Al-Assad, comes at a time when Turkey is developing a strong offensive in the Syrian enclave of Afrin and other northern areas against Kurdish-Arab forces.

A United States official said late Wednesday that more than 100 forces loyal to Bashar Assad, were killed in the attack by the US-backed SDF in Deir Ezzor province.

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

"Syrian Democratic Forces acted in self-defense with support from the coalition to defeat an unprovoked attack by Syrian pro-regime forces in eastern Syria", she said.

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"We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh in September 2017", an official said.

Syrian ally Russian Federation has cast 11 vetoes on possible Security Council action on Syria since the civil war began in 2011, shielding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

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.

The hypocritical Western media, which went largely silent as the USA killed tens of thousands of civilians and razed entire cities to the ground in last year's sieges of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, has suddenly woken up to report the civilian casualties resulting from the bombardments by Syrian and Russian warplanes. In other words, can we defend a non-state force under worldwide legal terms of self-defense when it comes under attack? A spokesman for the USA coalition said Russian Federation told the coalition that it was not involved in the attack on the SDF headquarters.

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One SDF fighter was injured, Reuters reported. Additionally, Turkey has threatened to launch a military operation against Manbij, Syria, a place where U.S. troops do work with local Kurdish and Arab fighters. The two warring factions have for the past year collided on multiple occasions in efforts to drive the Islamic state fighters popularly known as ISIS from their last stronghold in Syria.

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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.

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