US-led Coalition Clashes With Syria Regime Loyalists

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The US-led coalition revealed that its forces in northeast had on Wednesday confronted gunmen with live fire after one of its patrols came under attack near the city of Qamishli. According to the United states coalition spokesman; Myles Caggins, he said,

“Coalition forces, conducting a patrol near Qamishli, Syria, encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian regime forces. The patrol came under small arms fire from unknown individuals. In self-defense, coalition troops returned fire.”

Caggins said the patrol returned safely to base after the situation was “de-escalated”.

An AFP correspondent saw a US flag flying above an armored vehicle as it left the village.

According to the Observatory, loyalists residing in the village tried to block the passage of a US military patrol, firing in the air. This prompted a response from US troops, who killed a regime loyalist in the clash, the Observatory said. But the coalition did not report such a casualty.

Khirbet Amo is among the few areas in the largely Kurdish-held northeast controlled by pro-government forces.

US troops in the region operate as part of the US-led coalition fighting the remnants of the Islamic State jihadist group. They routinely carry out patrols in the area alongside their Kurdish allies.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a US strike during the clashes in the regime-held village of Khirbet Amo, but coalition spokesman Myles Caggins denied any raid had taken place.

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