G.I. aides in Syria: Russians shot us
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.