United States massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war

United States massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war

Last Wednesday, a USA -led coalition with defensive air and artillery strikes against the pro-regime forces in Syria killed an estimated 100 pro-regime soldiers.

It was in this complex military and political environment that the pro-Assad fighters shelled a Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters about five miles east of the Euphrates in Khusham, Syria, late Wednesday.

The Syrian government denounced the attack as a "war crime" and "direct support to terrorism", insisting that its forces came under U.S. attack as they were carrying out an operation against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) elements between the villages of Khasham and al-Tabiya on the eastern side of the Euphrates River.

Syrian government troops have launched numerous air attacks on Eastern Ghouta since Monday, resulting in the death of at least 207 civilians.

US-backed Kurdish-led forces have been competing for control of Deir el-Zour with Russian-backed Syrian troops that are reinforced by Iranian-supported militias.

The coalition observed a slow buildup of pro-regime forces over the past week, she added.

In Manbij to the west on the Turkish border, another USA military official, Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, was even more candid with the New York Times reporter accompanying him to the front, where the threat of a face-off with Turkey remained a possibility.

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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.

The comments by Mattis came on the heel of deadly US-led coalition air strikes which killed some 100 pro-Syrian government forces.

White noted one SDF soldier was wounded, and there were no coalition casualties.

The Russians, he said, "have an endgame, and we do not". In other words, can we defend a non-state force under global legal terms of self-defense when it comes under attack?

Syria putatively "attacked" a SDF base where USA troops were, though in reality the artillery strikes were half a kilometer away from the base, which explains why there were no casualties. The two warring factions have for the past year collided on multiple occasions in efforts to drive the Islamic state fighters popularly known as ISIS from their last stronghold in Syria.

Turkey resumed its airstrikes on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Thursday after a brief pause in aerial attacks, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

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