Bri­tish spe­cial forces troops in­jured in Isil at­tack in Syria

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Jamie Mer­rill

TWO Bri­tish spe­cial forces sol­diers have been se­ri­ously in­jured in a mis­sile at­tack by Isil fight­ers in Syria.

The pair were hurt in the strike by mil­i­tants near Deir Ez­zor, in the east of the coun­try, where Bri­tish spe­cial forces have been op­er­at­ing along­side Amer­i­can troops.

The Sun­day Tele­graph un­der­stands the in­ci­dent oc­curred yes­ter­day morn­ing and that the sol­diers were air­lifted from the scene by US forces for med­i­cal treat­ment.

Ru­daw news, a Kur­dish out­let, re­ported that the sol­diers were at a Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF) base in the area when the at­tack took place. It was also re­ported that a Kur­dish fighter was killed in the mis­sile at­tack.

An SDF of­fi­cial said: “Due to a smart mis­sile at­tack… a fighter of the YPG was killed and an­other wounded, in ad­di­tion to two Bri­tish sol­diers.”

A Min­istry of De­fence spokesman said: “We do not com­ment on spe­cial forces op­er­a­tions.”

The in­ci­dent comes a year af­ter the death of an SAS solider in Syria.

Sergeant Matt Ton­roe was killed in March 2018 while em­bed­ded with US forces when they were caught by an ex­plo­sion.

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