Syrian Gov't Condemns US Aggression vs. Its Troops

Syrian civil defence volunteers attempting to put out a fire in the city of Maaret al-Numan

"You read that right: Russian forces (most likely mercenaries/Wagner division guys who also fought in Ukraine) were killed".

However, the US -led coalition says it was acting in self-defense, citing a major attack on its allied Kurdish and Arab forces.

"The Syrian government renews its call to dissolve this illegitimate coalition", it said.

Turkey resumed its airstrikes on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Thursday after a brief pause in aerial attacks, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Recently, a funeral was held at the town of Al-Suqaylabiyah for ten of the ISIS Hunters soldiers killed in the U.S. airstrikes - many of them were Christians. The Pentagon claimed that attack was the result of an "unintentional, regrettable error".

Regime forces operating Russian-made T-55 and T-72 tanks fired 20-30 tank rounds within 500 feet of the SDF base, where some United States troops were embedded, according to Pentagon press secretary Dana W. White.

"After 20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF headquarters location, Syrian Democratic Forces supported by the Coalition targeted the aggressors with a combination of air and artillery strikes", a USA coalition statement said.

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It was in this complex military and political environment that the pro-Assad fighters shelled a Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters about five miles east of the Euphrates in Khusham, Syria, late Wednesday.

Pentagon officials speaking on condition of anonymity told the media that they believed Russian military contractors operating with the Syrian government forces were among the dead.

While Washington's mission is to finish off IS and ensure it does not return, the USA also has a stake in stabilizing swathes of Syria. Russian Federation said it did not have personnel in the area, and its defense ministry said it only confirmed 25 Syrian militia were wounded, and no deaths. America also has 2,000 soldiers on the ground in Syria with the SDF.

The area where the fighting took place is a center of Syria's oil and gas fields.

Washington is determined to deny the Syrian government control over these resources and to that end has sought to carve out a USA zone of control covering roughly 30 percent of the country, while cutting off its borders with Turkey and Iraq.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Thursday strongly condemned the US-led air strikes, accusing the United States war planes of "committing a massacre" against pro-government forces.

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