The US-led coalition performed a number of “defensive” airstrikes towards Syrian Authorities forces on Wednesday.
The strikes have been in retaliation for what they referred to as an “unprovoked” assault on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and international navy “advisers.”
The incident is the newest of its sort involving the US-backed rebels and Syrian authorities forces
Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich referred to as the strike towards Syrian forces an “unprecedented act of aggression”:
“The actions of the US coalition don’t adjust to authorized norms. Past all doubt, it’s aggression….the Individuals have by no means acted so brazenly earlier than in Syria – that is unprecedented.”
RT stories: Greater than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad have been killed within the strike, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed US official.
The retaliatory assault was carried out after Syrian “pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked assault towards well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,” the coalition claimed.
Though there is no such thing as a authorized justification for the US presence in Syria, which has endured a six-year battle and partial occupation by Islamic State, a Pentagon spokesman stated in December that US forces would keep “so long as we have to, to help our companions and forestall the return of terrorist teams.” The Pentagon earlier admitted that it has 1,720 troops in Syria, greater than 3 times as many because it had beforehand acknowledged.
In Could of final 12 months, the US forces in Syria bombed a militia group preventing alongside the Syrian authorities forces in southern Syria. The coalition stated in a press release that the Syrian forces “posed a risk” to the US and accomplice troops at Tanf navy base close to the Syria-Iraq-Jordan border.
The airstrike was condemned by Moscow. Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov stated it represented one more violation of Syria’s sovereignty by the US.
“The American command defined the strike on pro-government Syrian forces, saying that these forces represented a risk to opposition which cooperates with the US-led coalition,” Lavrov stated in Could. “Regardless of the purpose for the US command to make this choice, this strike is illegitimate and illegal. It’s one more harsh violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”