MESOP NEWS TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : U.S.-Led Coalition, Pro-Regime Forces Clash in Eastern Syria / Analysis by Charles Lister and others
|Dozens of people were killed in bombings by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria (AP) after Syrian government forces attacked troops from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor.
The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that the air strikes were carried out in response to what it called an “unprovoked attack” by pro-regime forces (BBC) on a well-known SDF base where coalition advisors were present. It estimated the strikes killed a hundred pro-government forces, which would be the highest number of such casualties inflicted by the coalition. Syrian state media said government forces were fighting Islamic State militants in the area (CNN) and that the international coalition targeted them in an “attempt to support terrorism.”