The US-led coalition on Saturday denied reports about airstrikes against Syrian government forces near Raqqa, in the village of Shu’ib al-Dhikr, to protect the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that are combatting ISIS.
“These claims are unfounded. The Coalition did not strike pro-regime forces near Raqqa. The Coalition does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them,” a coalition spokesperson told ARA News.
“The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally, which is beyond the capability of the Syrian Regime to address,” the official said.
“The Coalition calls on all parties to focus their efforts in the same direction to defeat ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security,” the US-led coalition’s spokesperson told ARA News.
Until now the US-led coalition carried out three strikes against pro-Syrian government forces, after they threatened to attack rebel forces backed by the coalition.
“As long as pro-regime forces are oriented toward Coalition and partnered forces the potential for conflict is escalated. Coalition forces are oriented on ISIS in the Euphrates River Valley,” the official concluded.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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