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Syria says US bombs Assad army positions; US denies report

Monday 18/June/2018 - 09:52 AM
Sada El Balad
edited by: Basant Ahmed
Syrian state media، citing a military source، reported on Monday that US-led coalition aircraft had bombed "one of our military positions" in eastern Syria، leading to deaths and injuries، but the US military denied carrying out strikes in the area، Israeli newspaper” Ynetnews” reported.
The strike took place in al-Harra، southeast of Albu Kamal، Syrian state media said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 40 pro-regime fighters were killed، while some reports indicated the fatalities were Iranian militia fighters.
A commander in the military alliance backing Syrian President Bashar Assad also told Reuters that drones، "probably American،" had bombed positions of Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf and Syrian military positions.
"No member of the US-led coalition carried out strikes near Albu Kamal،" Major Josh Jacques، a US Central Command spokesman، told Reuters.
The US-led coalition is supporting an alliance of Syrian Arab and Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State northeast of Albu Kamal.
The Syrian army، alongside allied Iran-backed militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iraqi groups، drove Islamic State from Albu Kamal and its environs last year، but the jihadists have since staged attacks in the area.
US forces are also based in Tanf، southwest of Albu Kamal in the Syrian desert near the borders of Iraq and Jordan.
The Syrian army، alongside Iran-backed militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iraqi groups، drove Islamic State from Albu Kamal and its environs last year، but the jihadists have since staged attacks in the area.

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