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ALEPPO – Syrian rebels targeted the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with a TOW missile in the countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria.
“A faction in the northern countryside of Aleppo, used a missile to target a bulldozer for the Syria Democratic Forces was parked in an area between the outskirts of Sheikh Issa village and the Marea area in the northern countryside of Aleppo,” the SOHR reported on Monday.
Local sources confirmed that the targeting was with a US TOW missile, but it caused no casualties.
Also the Islamic factions bombed positions for Jaysh al-Thuwwar which fights under the Syria Democratic Forces in the town of Tall Rifaat in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
The Syrian rebels handed over Sheikh Issa to the SDF, after ISIS besieged them in late May, for a safe passage for civilians. As a result, Azaz and Marea did not fell in the hands of the Islamic State group.
Speaking to ARA News, Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security Nicholas Heras said: “This type of targeting would likely be a breach of the instructions given to the TOW-supplied groups to not fire their missiles at another force supported by the United States.”
“However the details on this story are still murky, so it is entirely possible that if the TOW was fired, it was fired as a one-off shot by a faction along the Marea Line that was angry at a specific constituent militia of the SDF, such as Jaysh al-Thuwar,” he added.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News