BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military reported on Monday morning that their troops had been attacked by U.S. Coalition warplanes in southeast Syria.

In response to these allegations, the Pentagon released a statement denying that the U.S. forces had anything to do with this attack.

Al-Masdar reached out to a military source in Deir Ezzor to confirm the reports of the U.S.’ participation and to get more details about attack.

The Syrian military claims the attack was carried out by attack drones that came from the direction of the U.S. lines.

As a result of the attack, dozens of personnel from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), National Defense Forces (NDF), and Iraqi paramilitary troops were killed or wounded near the town of Al-Harri, which is in the Albukamal countryside.

This is the second time in three weeks that the Syrian Army has accused the U.S. Coalition of bombing their troops in southeast Syria.

The Syrian Army has not responded to the attack and will not likely attack the US-backed forces in the region, as this would only escalate the situation and lead to violent confrontation.

Furthermore, it is not necessarily clear that the U.S. Coalition carried out the attack, a some pro-government activists have accused the Israeli Air Force of carrying out the airstrikes.

Albukamal is a long distance from the Israeli border, but it would be a viable target for their military, given the large presence of Iranian-backed forces near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Israel has also never attacked the Syrian military this far from their border, so if they were behind this – this would be the first time they have every bombed the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

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Though, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did vow to attack the Iranian-backed forces anywhere inside Syria during his weekly cabinet meeting.

This is a threat that he and his Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have made on several occasions in the past.

 

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M rafi u zaman
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Where were the syrian troops air defences ?

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They’re not supposed to find themselves under air attack there…
Now, having already lost one of the 40 Pantsir-S1 they purchased and some other assets at trying to protect IRGC and/or Hezb while if they don’t shoot at IDF, IDF won’t shoot at them, as now both have no more strategic purposes, why Syrian IADS guys would risk their lives and also gear that might be useful… A Pantsir-S1 costs about $16M
IMHO, they prefer deploying these in Dara’a in case of US attack

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Someone hides among the US coalition numerous areal objects. The SAA cannot shoot randomly at any planes.

The US must point out who did it else they must accept a no fly zone that allows to shoot at all unidentified aerial objects.

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Low flying drones especially if they have been made stealthy are difficult to spot with the generation of radar systems the Syrians have (maybe the Russians would have if they were in the region with their air defense systems). Also, even if the Syrian military did spot them, the air defense systems would have to be in the vicinity of the drones path to stand a chance of knocking out what were relatively small targets.

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Attack drones are used not only by the US but also by Turkey and Israel. No matter who, Syria should use the incident as reason to declare a no fly zone West of the Euphrates and over all SAA troops and allies in other areas.

The US and their allies cannot object unless they point to the identity of the perpetrator. It was not our work or drones is not enough when You are on foreign soil and did it before.

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Not the first time this trick. Possibly not USA, but UK or Denmark etc

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Or even Turks, or Saudis, etc : many MALE drones can fly from 24 hours if not more, it’s not a problem to do a detour. Without access to military radar data, as these do not have the civilian transponders on, you can’t get OSINT from flyglobal. Now, if it’s Israelis, they’re pretty careful, avoiding hitting SAA as long as they’re not shot at. In fact, they have pretty strict ROEs, e.g. in Golan, any time they blasted some SAA gear, usually carefully avoiding to make casualties, some SAA dude had shelled into Israel. Now, if the targets were Iranian… Read more »

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No Denmark and the UK have no attack drones in the region. The US, Turkey, Israel and Iran AFAIK have. Since the US coalition co-ordinates air movement in the region they must point out who moved his drones in the area. Else they must accept a no-fly zone to prevent future incidents.

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done by zio terrorists backed by illegal occupiers – all these scumbags are responsibled – and these murderers will rejoice in the abyss as one united supreme race in there for eternity