An official media wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have accused the Syrian Air Force of striking a target near SDF positions in some area “south of al-Tabqa”.
The media wing released a statement “that at 9 pm on Friday 22/9-2017 Syrian aircraft bombed areas close to the presence of our forces in the south of AL-Tabaqa and no casualties among the ranks of the fighter.“
However, it is not clear why the Syrian Arab Air force should strike some target south of al-Tabqah city while the main clashes are now taking place near the town of Maadan northwest of Deir Ezzor city and near Khsham village and Saqr Island east of Deir Ezzor city.
The statement followed reports that the SDF attacked Syrian government troops crossing the Euphrates River near Deir Ezzor. 9 Syrian soldiers were allegedly killed as a result of the incident. However, no official confirmation has appeared so far and pro-SDF sources have rejected these claims.
In any case, the SDF runs a large-scale media campaign, backed by the mainstream media, in order to blame Syrian government forces for their will to clear the eastern bank of the Euphrates from ISIS and to justify own will to seize oil fields located in the area.