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US-led Coalition Kills 13 Civilians in Airstrikes in Syria

  • Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles targeting an area in Damascus, Syria.

    Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles targeting an area in Damascus, Syria. | Photo: EFE

Published 26 January 2019

At least 42 people have died in a U.S. lead-coalition attack in eastern Syria.

A total of 42 people were killed including 13 civilians, on an offensive by the United States-led coalition against Islamic State group, in eastern Syria, according to the opposition organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)

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At least 29 fighters from the Islamic State group and 13 civilians have been killed in attacks by the international coalition against the extremist group in the province of Deir al Zur, eastern Syria, according to the non-governmental Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

The NGO assured that the forces of the international alliance bombed in the last hours 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 al Zur, the last holdout of the extremist group.

According to the Observatory, short-range missiles hit the ground Friday in farmland, near  Al Baguz. The attack killed 13 civilians, and three of those were children from the same family, and six were non-combatant Iraqui people. According to the Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman, The area is a launchpad for militant counterattacks."

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had decided to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops there stunned allies who have joined Washington in the battle against Islamic State group militants in Syria. Senior U.S. officials were shocked too, among them Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in protest.

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