Syria: U.S. launches air raids after attack on allied forces

Feb 08, 2018, 5:59 AM EST
(Source: US Military Follow/flickr)
(Source: US Military Follow/flickr)

More than 100 pro-government Syrian fighters were killed in the eastern part of the country after the U.S. launched counter airstrikes in the region following an attack that sought to seize the ground its allied Syrian Democratic Forces captured from the Islamic State group.

The U.S. said that its offensive near the River Euphrates in Deir al-Zour province was a self-defense exercised and the attackers weren’t chased after they were pushed back, notes the BBC.

Syria's Eastern Ghouta suburb has been pummeled by heavy airstrikes by the government and Russian forces, with the death toll reaching nearly 200 in the last three days, writes Al Jazeera. Rebel-held eastern Ghouta is reeling with a serious lack of food and medical supplies, prompting grave concern from humanitarian agencies.