U.S.-backed forces hit by pro-As­sad fight­ers

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS - – Wash­ing­ton Post

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.

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