The US-led coalition in Syria has attacked pro-Damascus forces in what it claims to be defensive strikes in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
“Syrian pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) headquarters” on February 7, said a statement released by the US Central Command early on Thursday.
The statement noted that coalition service members were accompanying the so-called SDF while they came under the attack.
The US has around 2,000 military personnel in northern Syria supporting the SDF, which is an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria and largely dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
It added that the coalition “conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition’s defeat-Daesh mission.”
The statement also claimed that the US-led attack was “in…