Syria con­demns strike

NT News - - WORLD -

BEIRUT: A Syr­ian mil­i­tary of­fi­cial says an airstrike by the US-led coali­tion on a gov­ern­ment mil­i­tary po­si­tion near the bor­der with Jor­dan has killed sev­eral sol­diers and caused ma­te­rial dam­age.

The un­named of­fi­cial’s com­ments were car­ried yes­ter­day by Syr­ian state TV a day af­ter the US-led coali­tion said a US airstrike struck pro-Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces that the coali­tion said posed a threat to Amer­i­can troops and al­lied rebels op­er­at­ing near the bor­der with Jor­dan.

The attack was the first such close con­fronta­tion between Amer­i­can forces and fight­ers back­ing Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad (pic­tured).

The Syr­ian of­fi­cial did not give a num­ber for how many sol­diers were killed.

But he said the Syr­ian army is fight­ing ter­ror­ism and no one has the right to de­cide which ar­eas the army can carry out op­er­a­tions.

Syria con­demned the strike as a “brazen attack”.

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