USA airstrike hits pro-Syria government forces for first time

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Russian Federation condemned on May 19 strikes by the USA -led coalition against Syrian forces as "unacceptable", state media reported, after the bombing of pro-government troops.

'You can not consider the US-led coalition air strike against pro-government forces on Thursday an accident or a mistake anymore.

A second United States defense official said an airstrike hit the convoy after the vehicles continued toward the base, striking an enemy tank and bulldozer, or front loader-type vehicle.

We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, he said. When the Syrians insisted on proceeding into the area, the US planes were cleared to fire.

In a four-sentence statement, the coalition added that the pro-regime forces were "well inside" an "established" zone.

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Thursday's strike occurred inside an established "de-confliction zone" northwest of the At-Tanf garrison, where British and U.S. commandos have been training and advising local forces fighting the Islamic State group.

A deadly combination of human error, bad intelligence and an increasingly complicated battlefield led to the mistaken bombing of Syrian government troops by American and coalition aircraft in September.

The attack was the first such close confrontation between USA forces and fighters backing President Bashar al-Assad.

In this case, an official told The Associated Press, Russia tried multiple times to contact the Syrian forces.

Also on Thursday, Daesh "Islamic State militants" shelled a regime-controlled area in the city of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others, the Observatory said.

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The U.S. military attacked a Syria-government airfield with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on April 6 in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians, including children.

Two US aircraft were dispatched as a "show of force" to get the Syrian vehicles to turn around, according to a US official. It is unclear whether Russian troops were operating with the pro-Syrian government forces at the time of the attack.

According to one unnamed U.S. official cited by Reuters, the US-led coalition strike destroyed at least one tank and a bulldozer of the pro-Assad militia.

Aircraft of the US-led worldwide coalition fighting the ISIS terrorist group have bombed a convoy of a militia supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the ongoing civil war in Syria.

But the Syrian regime and its allies - including Iranian forces, Shiite militia, and Hezbollah - are also based some 40 miles outside Tanf, a rebel commander based there told BuzzFeed News last week, allowing them easy access to Tanf via a highway that cuts through the desert.

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