Syria, Russia condemn US-led coalition strike

Posted May 22, 2017

"This brazen attack by the so-called global coalition exposes the falseness of its claims to be fighting terrorism". A road between Iraq and Syria would facilitate the flow of assistance from Iran, which strongly supports Assad.

"The new U.S. strike on government troops in Syria is a continuation of Washington's non-constructive policy", said Leonid Slutsky, the head of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.

Following Thursday's airstrike, US military officials announced that Assad regime-allied forces, which had "posed a threat to USA and partner forces" in Syria's southeastern city of Al-Tanf, had been targeted.

"Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in Syria has an impact on the political process", agencies quoted him as saying.

On Friday, a Syrian military source said the strikes had hit "one of our military points" and caused an unspecified number of deaths.

Thursday's air strike did not on its own suggest a shift in the USA military's focus in Syria, which has been on battling Islamic State militants.

Bashar al-Assad and its key ally, Russia, condemned on Friday a US-led coalition airstrike against an army position that Damascus said left several of its soldiers dead.

"The new USA strike on government troops in Syria is a continuation of Washington's non-constructive policy", said Leonid Slutsky, the head of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. The jets then fired warning shots to get the vehicles to turn back, Pentagon officials said.

Aside from the existing deconfliction line between ground commanders in Syria, a communications link between the Joint Staff and their counterparts in Moscow at the three-star level and a new deconfliction agreement to be put in place once the Raqqa operation commences, Gen. Dunford said during Friday's press briefing.

On September 17, 2016, a coalition aircraft carried out four airstrikes against positions of Syrian government troops near Deir ez-Zor, leaving 62 personnel killed and some 100 wounded. The official added that forces of the US -led coalition will continue to defend themselves against ISIS or any other threat to Coalition or partnered forces in the area.

Such zones are agreed upon between Russian Federation and the coalition, and are created to stop either side inadvertently striking the other's forces on the ground and in the air.

"In that first phone call we made to Russians, we unintentionally passed erroneous information on the location of the strikes ..."

The Pentagon believes that Iran is ruled by Pro-government forces in Syria, advancing to the position of the global coalition headed by the USA.

The United States determined that the convoy posed a threat.