U.S.-backed forces hit by pro-Assad fighters
BEIRUT – A U.S.-backed force fighting the Islamic State in Syria said Saturday that it had come under attack from forces loyal to the country’s president, escalating tensions on one of the country’s most complex and contested battlefields.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, said the attack took place in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, where the U.S.-backed militia is fighting the Islamic State as an Iran-backed force mounts a rival offensive.
“At 3 am today, our forces East of Euphrates were attacked by airstrikes from Russian air force and Syrian regime,” said the SDF military command in a statement, adding that six of its fighters had been wounded in the “aggressive attack.”
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the attack but did not elaborate on which pro-government force was responsible.