Details from the US bombing of pro-government forces in Deir Ezzor
The U.S. Coalition carried out an alleged ‘defensive’ attack against the
pro-government forces in the northeastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor
Governorate last night.
While the U.S. claimed “100 pro-regime fighters” were killed in the
attack, a Syrian military source reported that approximately 25-30
tribal fighters were dead and many more severely wounded by the
According to the military source, the
pro-government forces that were attacked by the U.S. Coalition were
members of the large Al-Baraka tribe, who have fought the so-called
Islamic State (ISIS) in the Euphrates River Valley for years.
Besides fighting the Islamic State, the Al-Baraka tribesmen are also from the Euphrates River Valley and considered locals.
The U.S. alleged that the tribesmen had carried out a large attack
against the Coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the
imperative town of Khasham in northeast Deir Ezzor.
However, the attack was believed to be minuscule and possibly
accidental because the tribesmen often search the eastern bank of the
Euphrates for potential Islamic State hideouts and sleeper cells.
Since the attack, the Russian and Syrian governments have come and
issued statements condemning the U.S.’ latest actions in northeastern
Russia raises questions about US attack on Syrian government forces
The pro-government Syrian militiamen have come under attack by the
US-led coalition while they were conducting an operation against Daesh
terrorists north of the city of Deir ez-Zor. The information about the
incident contradicts US claims that the Syrian militias attacked
Moscow is analyzing the information about the attack, Russian Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, stressing that the version
from the American side raises a number of questions.
“First of all, how can a 500-strong unit
attack a headquarters with the support of tanks and artillery and injure
only one of the attackers?” Zakharova stressed during the weekly
briefing on Thursday. “How could the people inside the headquarters be
able to survive in these conditions for at least half an hour that is
needed for aviation to arrive at the scene? How could a decision to open
a massive fire to defeat the Syrian militiamen be made in such a short
period of time?”
The ministry is collecting the information to clarify the situation, Zakharova added.
US Version of the Events
According to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), the
incident occurred eight kilometers to the east of the demarcation line
between the areas controlled by Damascus and the Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), allies of the US.
The US-led coalition has described the attack as retaliation for an
“unprovoked attack” by pro-government armed militias on the headquarters
of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“In defense of Coalition and partner forces, 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 reads, adding that the US-led coalition will continue its
operation in the Middle Euphrates River Valley to eliminate Daesh
news reported later citing an unnamed US official that as many 500
militiamen were reportedly hit during what he described a coordinated
attack against US allies. He added that 100 Syrian militiamen were
killed as a result of the incident.
Russian MoD: US Seeks Control Over Syria’s Economic Assets
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday that one of the units
of pro-government Syrian militia was carrying out a reconnaissance
operation near the former Al-Isba oil refinery in Deir ez-Zor province
when they were attacked by the US-led coalition’s aircraft.
“While carrying out the task, militiamen were subjected to sudden
mortar shelling and artillery rocket fire; after that the helicopters of
the US-led international coalition struck them,” the statement reads,
saying that a total of 25 militiamen were wounded in the attack.
The ministry pointed out that the incident occurred because the
operation of Syrian militiamen “was not coordinated with the command of
the Russian task force,” adding that there are no Russian servicemen in
that area of Deir ez-Zor. The militiamen launched the operation to deal
with the attacks on the posts of the Syrian government forces by one of
the Daesh cells in the area, the statement added.
The Defense Ministry highlighted that the attack on the militia
showcased that the real goal behind Washington’s “illegal military
presence in Syria” is control over the country’s economic assets rather
than defeating the terrorist group Daesh.
Damascus: US-Coalition Strike is a War Crime
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has blasted the US-led alliance for the
attack, urging the United Nations to bring the military bloc to account,
according to the SANA news agency.
is a new act of aggression that constitutes a war crime and a crime
against humanity, shows the direct US support for terrorists who and is
aimed against sovereignty and integrity of Syria,” SANA cited the
Foreign Ministry as saying.
Earlier, Syrian state TV has slammed the incident as “new aggression” by the US and “an attempt to support terrorism.”
US Military Presence in Syria Remains a Challenge to Peace Process
The US military presence in Syria presents a serious challenge to the
peace process and thwarts the protection of the country’s territorial
integrity, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said
“A 55-kilometer zone unilaterally created by Americans around their
military base near al-Tanf is being used by the scattered units of Daesh
terrorists,” Zakharova said during the weekly briefing, stressing that
the extremists have the opportunity to hide from the government forces
in the area as well as regroup and prepare for new raids in the Syrian
“Some influential external players are apparently not using the
opportunities they have to promote a political settlement in Syria and
facilitate the elimination of terrorists on Syrian soil.”
The US-led coalition of over 60 states has been conducting a military
operation in Syria without the consent of the country’s government or