Syria says US-led coalition hit its forces in the east

3 February 2019 | 15:43

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 3 February 2019 | 15:43

Spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Sean Ryan. (AFP Photo)

DAMASCUS, Syria: The U.S.-led coalition has attacked an army artillery position in eastern Syria, wounding two soldiers and destroying a cannon, a Syrian military official said.

Spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Sean Ryan said Sunday the partner forces acted in “self-defense” after coming under fire from the western side of the Euphrates River. Ryan said an investigation is underway.

U.S.-led coalition forces, with their local Kurdish-led partners, are battling the remnants of Islamic State group on the eastern banks of the Euphrates, while government troops and allied forces are now positioned on the other side after dislodging IS from there.

Syria’s state news agency SANA quoted the unnamed military official as saying the attack late Saturday was followed by a foiled incursion by IS militants.

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