Russian Federation accuses Kurdish forces of giving ISIL amnesty


More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed overnight when USA coalition and coalition-backed local forces repelled their attack in eastern Syria, a us official said on Thursday.

The US-led coalition said Thursday it killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its allies in eastern Syria, in one its deadliest confrontations yet with forces backing Damascus.

After the attack the coalition "conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression".

"Pro-government Syrian fighters are confronting Daesh militants "who are under the protection" of the US-led coalition and the allied forces of the SDF", it added".

Hundreds of pro-regime fighters are reported to have taken part in the attack, which is believed to have left one SDF member injured.

Although the USA -led effort in Syria is focused on defeating ISIS, there have been outbreaks of violence before with forces allied with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

The officials said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to the summit during a telephone call on Thursday. Assad regime forces hit the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The official speculated that the pro-regime forces "were likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh [ISIS] from 2014 to 2017". US troops were there at the time, but none of them were hurt.

Also, the Russian Defense Ministry lashed out at the U.S. attack. Any of the attacking vehicles and personnel who turned around and headed back west were not targeted, the military official said.

About 2000 United States forces remain on the ground in Syria, allied to the Kurdish-led SDF alliance.

Up to 30 tank and artillery rounds landed within 500 meters of the headquarters with US and Syrian Democratic Forces, Veale said.

One hundred and twenty of those who were granted amnesty entered the ranks of the USA -backed SDF umbrella group, according to Nebenzia.

The Wagner Group is a paramilitary contract force similar to the former U.S. Blackwater company that became infamous in the Iraq War.

Syrian state news outlet SANA said those killed were primarily battling the Islamic State, although it admitted an attack against the SDF took place.

Russian Federation on Thursday said the United States goal in Syria was not to fight IS, but to capture the country's economic assets.

The Syrian government, though, called the act a "barbaric aggression" and said the real goal of the "so-called global coalition" was to support the Islamic State terror network.

In June a year ago, a U.S. Navy jet shot down a Syrian plane after it attacked U.S. -backed fighters on the ground.