Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

United States denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria

The US flag flutters on a military vehicle in Manbej countryside The US flag flutters on a military vehicle in Manbej countryside
Andrew Cummings | 19 June, 2018, 23:12

The attack took place in al-Harra, southeast of the town of Albu Kamal, state media said, citing a military source who gave no breakdown of casualties other than saying there "were several martyrs and others were wounded".

Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces, a grouping of mostly Iran-backed Shi'ite paramilitaries, said a USA air strike on the Iraqi border with Syria killed 22 of its members and wounded 12 others.

Earlier today, Syrian state TV reported that the US -led coalition struck a military position in the country's east.

"Thirty-eight non-Syrian fighters from regime loyalist militias were killed in the night-time raid on Al-Hari, on the Syrian-Iraqi border", said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the units' umbrella organization, said in a statement that US aircraft late Sunday night fired two missiles that hit a group of its fighters deployed along the Iraq-Syria border to prevent breaches by the Islamic State group.

U.S. Central Command spokesman Maj.

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Shi'ite forces loyal to Assad were killed in an airstrike along the Syria-Iraq border as ISIS and Iran battle for control of the Tehran-Damascus road.

At least 38 foreign fighters allied to the Assad regime were killed in an overnight bombing raid near Syria's eastern border with Iraq, a monitor said on Monday. "We are concerned about the perception that we conducted this strike, particularly because we want to avoid any possible retaliation against our forces in Iraq or Syria".

"I'm sure you are familiar with the Israeli policy of not commenting on foreign reports, so I will stick to that policy and I can not comment on any reports in foreign media", said Israeli Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

Throughout Syria's seven-year war, Israeli officials have disclosed scores of air strikes within the neighbouring country against suspected arms transfers to Hezbollah or Iranian deployments.

"First of all, Iran must clear out of all of Syria", Netanyahu said on Sunday, according to a statement from his office.

In an interview last week, Assad called Hezbollah "a basic element" in the war and said "the need for these military forces will continue for a long time".

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters and Russia-supported regime forces are carrying out separate operations against those IS-held pockets, and even Iraqi warplanes have occasionally bombed IS positions in Syria's east.

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