Syria says US-led jets hit its troops, dozens reported killed

BEIRUT: U.S.-led coalition forces bombed Syrian troops near Deir al-Zor airport on Saturday, the Syrian army said, allowing Islamic State (Daesh) fighters to briefly overrun their position and putting new strains on a ceasefire in effect elsewhere in the country.

The United States military said it had ceased air strikes against what it had believed to be Islamic State positions after
Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit.

The ceasefire, which took effect on Monday, is the most significant peacemaking effort in Syria for months but has been
undermined by repeated accusations of violations on both sides and by a failure to bring humanitarian aid to besieged areas.

Russia, along with Iran and Arab militias backs President Bashar al-Assad, while some of the Sunni rebels seeking to unseat him are supported by the United States, Turkey and Gulf Arab states.

All those warring parties are also sworn enemies of the Daesh, whose territory extends along the Euphrates valley from the Iraqi border, including around Deir al-Zor, up to land near Syria´s frontier with Turkey.

The incident threatens to undermine not only the ceasefire agreement, which was brokered by Russia and the United States, but proposed joint targeting by them of Daesh and some other jihadist groups across Syria.


Syria says US-led jets hit its troops, dozens reported killed

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