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US Killed Over 100 Pro-Govt Fighters in Syria

12 February 2018

Mattis described the attack on the US-backed fighters, who were accompanied by USA special operations forces, as "perplexing" but he said the retaliatory US-led coalition strikes were defensive and limited in nature.

US-led coalition in Syria killed more than 100 Syrian regime forces on Wednesday in response to an attack on one of its bases.

It has since become apparent that dozens of Syrian troops were killed in the air attack and whilst numerous fallen troops belonged to the National Defence Forces (Syrian national paramilitary), others also belonged to the elite ISIS Hunters detachment.

According to the Director of CARE's Syrian programme, "If the air strikes, explosions and clashes continue or escalate, we will be like a fire brigade which tries to put out the fire somewhere, while the second, third and fourth fires break out elsewhere".

Syrian state media said the US-led coalition against Islamic State had bombed pro-government forces east of the Euphrates river in Deir al-Zor province.

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"You read that right: Russian forces (most likely mercenaries/Wagner division guys who also fought in Ukraine) were killed".

The US, on the other hand, attacked a Syrian pro-government patrol in the area, and killed in excess of 100 fighters in the attack.

Coalition and Russian officials were "in regular communication...before, during and after" the assault, the same official said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday that the U.S.is supporting a United Nations call for a month-long "cessation of violence", with the goal of allowing humanitarian aid and medical care to flow to more than 700 civilians in the besieged suburbs, according to the Associated Press.

According to the coalition, around 500 pro-regime soldiers attacked the Syrian Democratic forces using artillery, mortar, and Russian-made tanks.

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The U.S. said Russian mercenaries were among the casualties in Wednesday's strikes.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that it had no military personnel in the area.

The US-led coalition responded with "AC-130 gunships, F-15s, F-22s, Army Apache helicopter gunships and Marine Corps artillery", according to Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson. It also accused the USA of carrying out a brutal massacre and committing war crimes.

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

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US Killed Over 100 Pro-Govt Fighters in Syria