G.I. aides in Syria: Rus­sians shot us

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U.S.-BACKED forces fight­ing ISIS in Syria said Satur­day that six fight­ers were wounded af­ter be­ing tar­geted by Rus­sian war­planes.

Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, who are be­ing ad­vised by Amer­i­can troops in their bat­tle against the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, said it was the first time they have been bombed by Rus­sian fighter jets.

The Pen­tagon said Rus­sia struck a po­si­tion east of the Euphrates river where it knew SDF fight­ers and coali­tion ad­vis­ers were sta­tioned. No Amer­i­cans were wounded. Both the U.S.-backed group and the Rus­sians, co­or­di­nat­ing with troops loyal to pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, are try­ing to ex­pel the jihadists from the re­gion.

The war­planes struck as the SDF waged “heated and bloody bat­tles” in the in­dus­trial zone on the east­ern bank, seiz­ing fac­to­ries from ISIS mil­i­tants, said Ahmed Abu Khawla, the com­man­der of the SDF’s Deir al-Zor mil­i­tary coun­cil.

A Rus­sian mil­i­tary spokesman de­nied tar­get­ing the SDF fight­ers. “This is not pos­si­ble. Why would we bomb them?” Igor Konashenkov told AFP.

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