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US-led coalition launches defensive strike in Syria

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group announced Wednesday it had carried out defensive strikes in the eastern Deir Ezzor region against Syrian pro-regime forces.

“Syrian pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters” on February 7, CENTCOM said in a statement.

“Coalition service members in an advise, assist, and accompany capacity were co-located with SDF partners during the attack eight kilometers east of the agreed-upon Euphrates River de-confliction line,” the statement said.

Using an alternative acronym for IS, the coalition said it then “conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition s defeat-Daesh mission.”

The statement did not say whether the incident caused casualties.

The coalition is working to uproot the last IS fighters from the east bank of the Euphrates with the support of the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish fighters and Arabs.

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