Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

US Denies Attacking Syrian Military Site Near Iraqi Border

Melinda Barton | 18 June, 2018, 23:11

The Syrian government has repeatedly denounced the attacks of the Western Coalition forces, led by the United States, against the civilian population and positions of the army, which killed hundreds of residents and soldiers.

The denying reports the country is responsible for airstrikes in Syria allegedly resulting in multiple fatalities.

A spokesman for US Centcom is denying any US coalition involvement in reported airstrikes against a Syrian military site along the Iraqi border.

Syrian state media said on Monday that US -led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the USA military denied it was responsible.

Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces, a grouping of mostly Iran-backed Shi'ite paramilitaries, said a USA air strike on the Iraqi border with Syria killed 22 of its members and wounded 12 others.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has blasted the USA presence in Syria, referring to it as an occupation.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike on the town of Al-Hari was one of the deadliest on forces allied with Syria's government, but could not immediately identify who carried it out.

It said several people were killed and wounded but did not give a specific number or their nationalities.

"There were no planned coalition strikes in that area", said Army Maj.

The bodies of three Iraqi fighters killed in the raid were returned on Monday to their hometowns for burial, said AFP's correspondent in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

Throughout Syria's seven-year war, Israeli officials have disclosed scores of air strikes within the neighbouring country against suspected arms transfers to Hezbollah or Iranian deployments.

The mission of these forces was to protect and secure the border between Syria and Iraq and fight the remaining so-called "Islamic State" terrorists in the area.

IS overran large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring an Islamic "caliphate" in areas under its control.

Al-Hari lies on the western side, close to the river and the de-confliction line.

In February US-led coalition air strikes killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters in Deir Ezzor province, including Russians.

President Donald Trump in March said that the U.S.