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  • A member of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands on a pick up truck mounted with a weapon near Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 11, 2019.

    A member of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands on a pick up truck mounted with a weapon near Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 11, 2019. | Photo: REUTERS/ Rodi Said

Published 12 February 2019

According to Russian news agency Sputnik, "The presence of the coalition in Syrian territory does not have the approval of [officials in] Damascus."

Syrian agency SANA has reported that at least 70 civilians were "killed or injured" Monday in an attack carried out by the US-led coalition on a camp of the civilians in al-Baghouz town in the Deir ez Zor countryside of Syria.

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Earlier, on the same day, airstrikes by the warplanes of the “Coalition” were confirmed to have claimed the lives of 16 civilians including seven children, in addition to causing material damage to the houses and properties.

Last Saturday, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of the operation to free Al-Baghouz, the last village in Syria controlled by the Islamic State.

On Jan. 26, 42 people - including 13 civilians, were killed when the U.S.-led coalition carried out airstrikes in the fields of Al Baguz and the towns of Al Marashida and Fuqani, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, in the province of Deir ez Zor, home of Monday's attack.

According to Russian news agency Sputnik, "The presence of the coalition in Syrian territory does not have the approval of [officials in] Damascus."

In December, U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that he was withdrawing some-2000 troops from Syria, led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mathis, while he also faced the ire of U.S.-allies, and high-ranking officials alike, who don't believe the mission to rid the Arab state of the Islamic State group ISIS, is yet complete.


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