Mainstream media outlets are spreading reports that the February 7 airstrikes of the US-led coalition killed over 100 Syrian Army troops allegedly involved in the attack at the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the province of Deir Ezzor. MORE ABOUT HERE
For example, POLITICO reports (SOURCE):
In a major clash the U.S.-led military coalition in Syria has killed more than 100 troops allied with the regime of Bashar Assad — after some 500 soldiers backed by tanks launched what appeared to be a “coordinated attack” on a headquarters of rebel fighters being trained by American advisers, military officials revealed late Wednesday.
The combination of air and artillery strikes came after pro-regime troops attacked the compound of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Khusham, Syria, according to a military spokesman.
One SDF soldier was wounded, said Col. Thomas Veale of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the command that is directing the battle against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
The pro-Assad forces were supported by artillery, tanks, and rockets in an attack that began late Tuesday and lasted into Wednesday morning local time.
U.S. officials declined to provide details on the military assets that were used to beat back the assault, which nations they were from, or the number of advisers in the area.
It’s interesting to note that all reports about “100” killed Syrian Army troops are based on claims of some unnamed “military officials”. The US-led coalition itself provides much less information about the incident. These claims are likely a part of the wider propaganda campaign aimed against the Damascus government and its allies. The goal is to increase tensions between the Syrian Army and the Kurdish-dominated SDF amid the ongoing Turkish military operation in Afrin.