American-led coalition forces have attacked Pro-Assad forces in Syria, according to U.S. officials Wednesday evening. Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters was attacked by Syrian pro-regime forces, and in response, the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes.
The attack from pro-regime forces was unprovoked and occurred about five miles east of the Euphrates River, which is a deconfliction line. In response the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve, led by U.S. forces, conducted strikes against pro-Assad forces.
The coalition released a statement that read as follows:
“In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition’s defeat-Daesh mission.”
“Daesh” is an Arabic-language acronym for the Islamic State.
Anti-government forces have been involved in a bloody Civil War in Syria against the force of President Bashar Assad since 2011.