DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (8:05 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the U.S. Air Force struck the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the western countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, local activists are reporting.
The U.S. Air Force reportedly attacked the Syrian Arab Army while the latter was attacking the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) near the Thardeh Mountains in western Deir Ezzor.
If true, this will be the second time during this war that the U.S. Air Force has attacked the Syrian Arab Army in the Deir Ezzor.
Al-Masdar is attempting to verify these local reports with the Syrian Arab Army in Deir Ezzor.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Syrian army positions were attacked by two F-16 fighter jets and two A-10 ground attack aircraft of the US-led coalition.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that Daesh terrorists launched an offensive soon after the US-led coalition aircraft attacked the Syrian government forces.
“Warplanes from the international anti-terrorist coalition carried out four airstrikes today against Syrian forces surrounded by the Daesh group in the Dayr al-Zawr air base,” the Russia army said in a statement. “Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and a hundred others were injured in these strikes.”
Two F-16 and two A-10 jets entered Syrian air space from Iraq to carry out the attacks, according to the statement.
It added that “Straight after the coalition’s strikes, Daesh militants launched an offensive.” “If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US’ refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria.”