Rus­sian airstrike hits U.S.-backed forces

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World - Times wires

A U.S.-backed force in Syria said a Rus­sian airstrike wounded six of its fight­ers Satur­day near the east­ern city of Deir el-Zour while in south­east Syria, Syr­ian troops and their Iran-backed al­lies be­gan a new of­fen­sive aim­ing to cap­ture ar­eas along the Iraq bor­der un­der the cover of Rus­sian airstrikes. The com­mand of the Kur­dish-led Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces said in a state­ment that Satur­day’s air raid oc­curred on the east­ern side of the Euphrates River in the in­dus­trial area that was re­cently lib­er­ated from the Is­lamic State group. The U.S. mil­i­tary said in a state­ment that Rus­sian forces struck a tar­get east of the Euphrates River near Deir el-Zour caus­ing in­juries to U.S.-led coali­tion part­ner forces.

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