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Led strikes on Syria pro-regime forces kill 100

Led strikes on Syria pro-regime forces kill 100

Meanwhile, Russia's United Nations envoy Vassily Nebenzia described a deadly USA -led coalition strike on pro-Syrian government forces as regrettable.

The U.S. airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops Wednesday was a rare strike against forces that support Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

"We estimate more than 100 Syrian pro-regime forces were killed while engaging SDF and coalition forces", a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity.

The larger picture is that for the USA and pro-western groups such as the Kurdish YPG, those parts of northern Syria beyond the regime's control are a powerful negotiating tool when the future of Syria comes to be discussed, not least because they contain much of Syria's oil.

"We are not looking for a conflict with the regime", White said.

But while ISIS has lost over 98% of its territory in Syria numerous other objectives outlined by Tillerson are still fraught with difficulty.

SANA says the local fighters were battling IS militants and the USA -backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the area.

Russian Federation is carrying out strikes in support of Assad, who has received substantial support from Iran as well.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dismissed concerns on Thursday that the United States was being dragged into a broader conflict in Syria, after a major clash with pro-Syrian government forces overnight that may have left 100 or more of them dead.

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The Syrian Democratic Forces have managed to capture much of Syria's oil and gas infrastructure after ejecting ISIS from those areas.

On Thursday, the US-led coalition said it killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its own allies there.

According to the Kremlin, the attack American forces repelled was nothing more than "a reconnaissance party made up of Syrian militias" that crossed the Euphrates River (which serves as a deconfliction line between American and Russian backed forces) to hunt down remaining ISIS positions.

Washington has recently ramped up the rhetoric against Damascus over its alleged use of chemical weapons, including on a number of occasions this year.

Aaron David Miller, a Middle East analyst at the Wilson Center, said the forces backing the Syrian government seemed to be testing the coalition's resolve. Mattis has previously said that U.S. forces would help support USA diplomats working to resolve the conflict.

"The SDF and the Americans think they are best suited to fight IS and prevent IS from coming back".

The main Kurdish component of the SDF, known as the YPG, or People's Protection Units, is the target of a military operation in northern Syria by USA ally Turkey, which considers the YPG a "terrorist" group. "We will ask our American counterparts how they see all that". Additionally, Turkey has threatened to launch a military operation against Manbij, Syria, a place where U.S. troops do work with local Kurdish and Arab fighters. However, the U.S. has made it clear that it does not intend to leave the area.

The commander of the US-led coalition, Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, told reporters during a visit to Manbij Wednesday that the United States had no plans to withdraw and would continue working with local forces that are opposed by Turkey.

The Trump administration last month, however, announced a new Syria strategy that envisages USA troops remaining in eastern Syria until there is peace and President Bashar al-Assad is ousted.