Two F-15 warplanes of the US-led coalition targeted a unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by mistake during the ongoing military operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on October 17.
As a result of the coalition airstrikes, 6 fighters of the SDF were killed and 15 others were injured. Furthermore, ISIS was reportedly able to recapture an unspecified key area in the Euphrates Valley after the incident.
“The imitation of the fight against terrorists in this region of Syria has been going on for more than six months and has been used by Washington to justify its illegal presence in this country,” a military-diplomatic source told Sputnik.
This friendly-fire incident is the most recent in a series of setbacks faced by the US-backed SDF during its operation in the Euphrates Valley. Last week, the Kurdish-dominated group lost 28 fighters during a large-scale hit and run attack of ISIS.
The SDF and the US-led coalition have not commented on Sputnik’s report so far. However, an official statement confirming or denying the incident is expected in the upcoming few hours.