A US-led Coalition airstrike in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting ISIS south of Tabqa, in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, resulted in the death of 18 SDF personnel on April 11.
This is the first time a friendly fire incident happens with so many SDF fighters killed.
“The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position. The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position,” the coalition said.
“The Coalition’s deepest condolences go out to the members of the SDF and their families. The Coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident,” the coalition said in an official statement on Thursday.
“The Coalition is assessing the cause of the incident and will implement appropriate safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future,” it concluded.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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