Rus­sian air strikes hit US­backed fight­ers in Syria

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Reuters let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Syr­ian gov­ern­ment or Rus­sian air strikes tar­geted US-backed Syr­ian mili­tias in Deir al-Zor prov­ince at dawn on Satur­day, a mili­tia of­fi­cial told Reuters.

Ahmed Abu Khawla said the strikes in­jured six fight­ers from his group, the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, an al­liance of Kur­dish and Arab mili­tias bat­tling Is­lamic State with the US-led coali­tion.

The jets came from gov­ern­ment ter­ri­tory and hit po­si­tions on the east­ern bank of the Euphrates river, said Khawla, who heads the Deir al-Zor mil­i­tary coun­cil fight­ing un­der the SDF.

The US-backed SDF and Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces, sup­ported by Rus­sian and Iran-al­lied groups, have been con­verg­ing on Is­lamic State in sep­a­rate of­fen­sives in Deir al-Zor.

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