U.S.-led coalition says it struck Syrian pro-regime forces after 'unprovoked attack'

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 07, 2018 5:55 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Wednesday it carried out air strikes against "Syrian pro-regime forces" that carried out an unprovoked attack on Syrian Democratic Forces' headquarters.

In a statement, the coalition said its service members were located with the SDF, an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria, during an attack 8 km (5 miles) east of the Euphrates River deconfliction line.

"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 said, using an Arab acronym for Islamic State.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)