Russian Federation to raise United States coalition airstrike at UN

Russian Federation to raise United States coalition airstrike at UN

More than 100 Syrian pro-government fighters were killed in their air strikes in the eastern province of Deir-i-Zur by the US-led coalition, Reuters reported, citing a spokesman for the usa authorities.

The U.S. coalition says in defending its own troops, it killed an estimated 100 pro-Assad regime fighters on Wednesday.

The attack was reportedly carried out in self-defense after Syrian government forces initiated an "unprovoked" offensive against the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is working with coalition advisers to battle the pro-regime forces.

However, the US -led coalition says it was acting in self-defense, citing a major attack on its allied Kurdish and Arab forces.

The U.S. -led coalition has observed a "slow buildup" of pro-Syrian forces in the region during the past week, and coalition officials had alerted the Russians that the Syrian Democratic Forces were in Khusham well ahead of the attack.

Syrian Kurdish officials said they reached out to the Assad regime for assistance, to no avail.

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One SDF fighter was injured, Reuters reported.

The forces were "likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh [ISIS] from 2014 to 2017", added the official. Coalition officials warned the Russian officials of the Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) presence via the so-called deconfliction line.

Meanwhile, Turkish officials said the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Istanbul to discuss peace efforts for Syria.

"We appreciate the Russian Federation's professionalism and regular communication [with its military units deployed to Syria] via the de-confliction line", he noted.

A military official, who provided information about the attack on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it on the record, said the attacking forces initiated the assault by lobbing artillery at the SDF and US forces, who were located eight miles east of the Euphrates River.

On the night of April 6-7, the USA military hits back by firing 59 Tomahawk missiles from warships in the Mediterranean at the central Shayrat airbase, which it says was the launchpad for the chemical attack.

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Mattis said he could not identify the attackers. "This is self-defense". "It was self-defense", Mattis told reporters. According to the US Central Command, coalition advisers were also present at the site of the attack late on Tuesday.

Russia's Ministry of Defense indicated Thursday that the pro-regime forces had not been coordinating with Russian officials in the area.

The officials said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to the summit during a telephone call on Thursday. "The Coalition remains committed to focusing on the defeat-Daesh mission in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and asserts its non-negotiable right to act in self-defense".

There are about 2,000 US troops in Syria.

The Syrian foreign ministry said it wrote to the United Nations, saying the US -led strikes Wednesday night are "a war crime and crime against humanity" and asked for worldwide condemnation for the attacks. In June, the coalition shot down a Syrian warplane near Raqqa, accusing it of getting too close to its local ground forces.

US Marines firing a howitzer in Syria.

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