Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Syria

US strikes in Deir ez-Zor to defend SDF headquarters

By Rudaw 8/2/2018
An SDF member trains under the supervision of the the US-led coalition at an undisclosed rifle range in northern Syria on July 31, 2017. Photo: Sgt. Mitchell Ryan | US Army.
An SDF member trains under the supervision of the the US-led coalition at an undisclosed rifle range in northern Syria on July 31, 2017. Photo: Sgt. Mitchell Ryan | US Army.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Syrian regime loyalists attacked a "well-established" SDF headquarters where US-led anti-ISIS coalition members were positioned east of the Euphrates River and beyond the de-confliction line in Deir ez-Zor.

"Coalition service members in an advise, assist, and accompany capacity were co-located with SDF partners during the attack 8 kilometers (4 miles) east of the agreed-upon Euphrates River de-confliction line," read a US statement released late on Wednesday.

Both coalition and "partner forces" retaliated to the "unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters."

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

The coalition claims to support vetted ground partners in Syria to defeat ISIS, the SDF.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that pro-regime entities had spread rumors of the coalition "abandoning" SDF fighters in Deir ez-Zor late Tuesday night.

The UK-based SOHR added that shelling started on Wednesday between SDF and regime loyalists in the villages of Bukarah, Jadid Akidat, and in Conoco oil field. Then they exchanged machine gun fire.

The Conoco field is named for the US company which discovered the gas reserves in 1968 and built a processing plant. It is on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, opposite of Deir ez-Zor city.

This prompted the coalition actions, and according to SOHR, resulted in the killing of 20 pro-regime forces.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units have served as the backbone of the SDF. In the southern operations, including Raqqa, more Arab fighters have joined the SDF.

As they were finishing the Raqqa operation in October, the SDF pushed further south into the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Deir ez-Zor governorate.

The river "serves as a demarcation lines between Russian-backed Assad regime forces to the west and our SDF partners to the east," the coalition's press office told Rudaw English in late December.

Russia and Iran have backed the Bashar al-Assad regime in the Syrian civil war, while the United States claims its mission in the country is to support locals to defeat ISIS.

"The Coalition de-conflicts the complex and congested battlespace over eastern Syria with Russian officials on a regular basis and will continue to do so," it previously stated.

The US military and the SDF did not report casuality figures.

The Syrian Arab Army did not immediately release a statement.

There were unverified reports in Arab media of 100 or more Syrian army or loyalist deaths.


Comments

 
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 8/2/2018
BBC headline: "Syria condemns US air strike as massacre" ... This is the same Syrian government which uses gas attacks against civilians ... and which runs a system of Intelligence Directorate prisons which few come out of alive.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Natural Leader | 12/11/2018 5:59:27 PM
The picture tells who is the natural leader of the Kurdish people .
Independenc | 12/12/2018 7:21:25 AM
There is no prosperity without freedom. If you want a prosperous Kurdistan make it independent.
US ready to help Kurdistan secure prosperous future: Energy Secretary
| 20 hours ago | (3)
IranMan | 12/11/2018 10:36:50 PM
Thank you for this timely reminder. People with blood on their hands usually prefer to sweep their crimes under the carpet.
Liars, wicked, ignorant arrogants | 12/12/2018 7:17:03 AM
Most infamously, in 2003,they silenced the Kurdish genocide as an argument for toppling Saddam, instead they recurred to lies as he were linked to...
Glowing Bush tributes ignore dark genocide
| 16 hours ago | (3)
Guest | 12/11/2018 1:29:10 AM
The French regime must stop harassing students and persecuting dissidents
Trinity | 12/12/2018 5:33:36 AM
Turkish nazi Media as well as presstv aka Iran today should be banned from spreading fake nazi news. My fellow not so intelligent kurdish friends...
Turkey slams French response to protests as a 'double standard'
| 10/12/2018 | (4)
Ahmed Karson | 12/11/2018 5:51:39 PM
What a big shame that PUK still in 2018 talks about PUK zone and KDP zone. What a bad reality. Well, no matter how big your territory is, KDP has 45...
PUK IS SEPARATIST | 12/11/2018 10:30:12 PM
The PUK is claiming territories. As far as we know such a thing has never happened on earth. This is sedition and division of the country. A...
KDP ready to be kingmaker in new Kurdistan Regional Government
| yesterday at 09:45 | (5)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Duhok-Mosul border crossing still taking customs duties – flouting deal: sources 1 hour ago |

Duhok-Mosul border crossing still taking customs duties – flouting deal: sources

Sources allege the border is generating 1 billion more
Gorran to request deputy PM and VP posts in new KRG: sources 2 hours ago |

Gorran to request deputy PM and VP posts in new KRG: sources

It follows Tuesday's meeting between the KDP and more
US poll: Kurds losing support for America 4 hours ago |

US poll: Kurds losing support for America

"Attitudes in Iraq have always been low toward more
1.016 seconds