Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria

Led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria

On Thursday night the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the strikes at the Daba'a military airport were most likely carried out by Israel.

In Damascus, government media reported early on Thursday that global coalition aircraft struck Syrian army positions near the front lines with ISIS in eastern Syria. The official added that their mission is "to defeat ISIS in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations" and that "this has not changed".

SANA said: "Some of our military sites between Albu Kamal and Hamimia were exposed at dawn today to aggression launched by United States coalition jets". "The missiles would have been fired by Israel", el-Rahman said.

SANA earlier reported sounds of explosions heard near the Dabaa airport, about 20 km (12 miles) southwest of the central Syrian city of Homs and 10 km (6 miles) from the Lebanese border.

Israeli missiles have reportedly targeted military positions in Syria as local air defenses fired back in an attempt to intercept the attack.

"We have no operational reporting of a US-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces", Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command, told Reuters.

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Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has said it is part of his country's effort to defeat Islamic State militants at its borders, after the government declared it had defeated the jihadist group inside Iraq past year.

"There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead", the source said.

The Observatory said the government was sending reinforcements. No casualties have been reported, and Israel has yet to claim responsibility, but the country routinely keeps silent about its growing military role in neighboring Syria, where Israel recently launched a historic wave of airstrikes against suspected Iranian and pro-Iran targets.

In February, coalition bombing raids in Deir Ezzor province killed at least 100 regime and allied fighters, including Russian nationals, in retaliation for an attack on SDF positions.

The Israeli military refused to comment on the strike.

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