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United States conducts airstrikes against Syrian pro-regime forces after ‘unprovoked attack’

United States conducts airstrikes against Syrian pro-regime forces after ‘unprovoked attack’

Such strikes reflect the reality that, after the defeat of ISIS, the USA 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. -led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Wednesday it carried out air strikes against "Syrian pro-regime forces" that carried out an unprovoked attack on Syrian Democratic Forces' headquarters. Syrian government forces are active on the other side of the river around the city of Deir el-Zour. Nevertheless, the official said the United States is looking into whether Russian-affiliated forces may have been involved.

No American troops were wounded or killed in the attack, however one SDF member was hurt.

The forces were "likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh from 2014 to 2017".

US and Kurdish forces responded to that skirmish with air and artillery strikes, the official said. The Syrian army is supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces.

The coalition said the attack took place in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, eight kilometers east of the agreed upon "de-confliction" line which is created to separate Russian-backed regime troops and US-backed forces in Syria.

Statements carried by Syrian television stations called it a "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism".

USA -led coalition forces are looking into whether Russian contractors were involved in an attack against Syrian Democratic Forces on Wednesday.

The operation was launched after "20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF headquarters location".

The looking at whether Russian contractors might have been involved in a Wednesday attack on U.S. fighters and their partners, according to CNN.