US-led Coalition Troops Were Alongside SDF Units When Russian Forces Struck “Coalition Partner Forces”

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The US-led coalition has released a statement claiming that Russian forces struck US-backed forces north of Deir Ezzor city, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River on September 16.

According to the statement, US-led coalition troops were deployed alongside the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) when Russian strikes hit a target east of the Euphrates River injruing some SDF members. No coalition troops suffered injures as a result of the incident.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. GMT Sept. 16, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Coalition partner forces.

Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisors. Several SDF fighters were wounded and received medical care as a result of the strike.

Multinational Coalition troops advising and assisting the SDF were present but not wounded as a result of the Russian strike. “Coalition officials are available and the de-confliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day,” said Coalition commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II. “We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy,” said Funk.

The Coalition and its partners remain committed to the defeat of ISIS and continued de-confliction with Russian officials. Coalition forces and partners always retain the right of self-defense,” the statement reads.

Earlier on September 16, the SDF released a statement claiming that 6 SDF members were injured as a result of the airstrikes and arguing that “some parties are attempting to obstruct SDF progress” in the Deir Ezzor countryside.

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  • goingbrokes

    Let’s assume Russians did drop a bomb near “Coalition” operatives. My reading would be they are Western Special Forces operatives combing the river bank for infiltrators from the government side, as well as identifying and fortifying potential crossing points (SDF guys doing all the spade work). A bomb or two in this circumstance is a message “we know what you are up to”, and “next time it will land right on target”.
    Have to say that it is a disgrace that the Rojava leaders have decided to discard diplomatic language and are calling Syrian Government a “regime”. That is an attempt to de-legitimise Syrian Government, in line with Western rhetoric, and if they continue this attitude they deserve everything that’s coming to them. It’s a decisive time in this war and they have to decide which side are they on. The Kurds are not politically the most clued up people, but they are good warriors. This is exactly the best combination to be used as a tool for the Empire. But the Empire cares nothing for them. Independence is a carrot dangled in front of their faces, and whilst attractive on paper, the reality will be horribly different. The corporations of the Empire will steal the oil and take the governance of the areas off Kurdish hands. They will have a fake Kurdisraeli leader and two violent parties fighting each other. The formula is simple and often used. But will the Kurds get it?

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Agree with everything as Kurds are good fighters as the only time when they stood alone they gave up territory, and their history has been as Guerillas and not an actual fighting force. Currently Belgian Judges have declared them not terrorists but as “armed campaigners” , conducting bank robberies and kidnapping children and sending them for training in Greece and Iraq and extortion in Europe killing their opponents. This just shows that NATO doesn’t really want to fight terrorism but rebrand it , so it is no different than your everyday politician campaigning for “funds” and “kissing” babies with the barrel of a gun.

  • John Mason

    Bad luck, get out if the US and coalition can’t take the heat. Cry babies…..

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Total lie USA troops never fights along SDF but along ISIS as instructors and informers and as terrorist evacuators.Sorry the won’t be Kurdish Shunni terrorist state in Deir Ezzor maybe in Ukraine Poland, Latvia or Estonia or Sweden. Or North Korea after USA regime change which is actually a supremacist day dream.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    The only attack against USA is from Hurricane Trump,Obama and Irma. Other from HAARP selfmade Pentagon and CIA.

  • Hassadnah Abraham

    AA, Russia, Hisbullah have all the right under internal law to attach ISIS, Al Nusla, SADf, FSS,US, Al Sham…al Shit and so on. All of these are terrorist creating havoc and invasion against Syrian. Evidence, clear as shining sun light that all of these were creaqted, funded and colaborate with USA and Israrel to commit war crime in Iraq and Syria.
    By now Russia should start to shoot US jet out of Syrian sky. USA illegal invasion must be stopped.

  • dutchnational

    Soon SDF will be able to repay treachorous Russians and SAA. They will just do this by taking the whole of northern DeZ cs, where their lines are underreported by SF. SDF has reached the river days ago and is expanding eastwards.

    • Attrition47

      Hmmm, haSSbara a-go-go.

  • Rommell43

    Israel and its proxy (the US) want to use this region of Syria and the Kurds to establish a permanent presence dividing Syria for the foreseeable future. Soon it will be ‘game on’.

  • Attrition47

    We’ll soon see how far the Putinator will go. I hope he has the US and proxy air forces shot out of the sky but then, I’m the nice one.

  • RamboDave

    Maybe it was Israel. Last year we sold them a couple of F-35’s , which can evade radar.