BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition carried out an alleged ‘defensive’ attack against the pro-government forces in the northeastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate last night.
While the U.S. claimed “100 pro-regime fighters” were killed in the attack, a Syrian military source reported that approximately 25-30 tribal fighters were dead and many more severely wounded by the Coalition assault.
According to the military source, the pro-government forces that were attacked by the U.S. Coalition were members of the large Al-Baraka tribe, who have fought the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in the Euphrates River Valley for years.
Besides fighting the Islamic State, the Al-Baraka tribesmen are also from the Euphrates River Valley and considered locals.
The U.S. alleged that the tribesmen had carried out a large attack against the Coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the imperative town of Khasham in northeast Deir Ezzor.
However, the attack was believed to be minuscule and possibly accidental because the tribesmen often search the eastern bank of the Euphrates for potential Islamic State hideouts and sleeper cells.
Since the attack, the Russian and Syrian governments have come and issued statements condemning the U.S.’ latest actions in northeastern Deir Ezzor