U.S. Central Command reported Wednesday that pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces conducted an attack on Syrian resistance forces allied with the U.S., prompting retaliation strikes from coalition forces. The official spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
A USA military official told CNN that the area where the us coalition and SDF compound is located contains lucrative oilfields and the Syrian government forces "were likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for [Islamic State] from 2014 to 2017".
In June previous year, a U.S. Navy jet shot down a Syrian plane after it attacked U.S. -backed fighters on the ground.
No American troops were wounded or killed in the attack, however one SDF member was hurt.
A USA official told CNN that the attackers crossed the Euphrates armed with artillery and other weapons.
US-led coalition has killed more than 100 troops allied with the Syrian regime in an overnight operation carried out in retaliation for an attack on Kurdish forces. The Syrian army is supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces.
One US official said the pro-government forces may have been trying to seize the Khusham oil fields.
Statements carried by Syrian television stations called it a "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism". The official clarified that the action "was taken in self-defense" after about "20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters" of the SDF's headquarters.
According to another official speaking to CNN, the US-backed Coalition was "in regular communication" with Russian military forces in the area.
The U.S. coalition says in a statement that pro-regime forces attacked an SDF headquarters, and the U.S. launched the airstrike in self-defense.