US Military Comes Under Attack from Syrian Regime Airstrikes

01 September 2016, 01:14 | Isaac Mcdaniel

The US had no radio contact with the Syrian airplanes.

They also stressed the need for humanitarian aid in the city and demanded "that Iraqi Kurdistan ends it blockade against humanitarian aid immediately", and open the border between the Kurdistan Region and Rojava, northern Syria.

"Our warning to the Syrians is the same that we've had for some time, that we're going to defend our forces and they would be advised not to fly in areas where our forces have been operating", Cook said.

The Russians were asked to tell the Syrian government that USA aircraft would defend its troops on the ground if they were threatened, Davis said.

"We have clearly shown that American aircraft would defend ground troops if they were threatened", said Mr. Davis.

Manbij had acted as a landing and sorting station for many ISIS foreign fighters after they entered into Syria from Turkey, U.S. officials said, making the information vital to understanding the workings of ISIS's foreign fighter network.

Two Syrian regime warplanes attempted to fly to the area again on Friday, but left "without further incident" after meeting coalition aircraft, a USA defense official said in a statement.

But Davis said that there had been "tensions" between Kurds and Syrian-controlled enclaves in the area in the days before the bombardment.

"'No coalition forces were impacted" by the Syrian airstrikes, said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.

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Kurdish militia launched a major assault Monday to capture the entire city of Hasakeh and called on remaining pro-government forces to surrender.

Clashes continued Monday between Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters in the northeastern city of Hasaka amid reports of an ongoing effort by Russian Federation to reach a cease-fire agreement, activists and residents said.

Up to 300 U.S. Special Operations forces have been authorized by the White House to operate in northern Syria in support of Kurdish and Arab rebel groups fighting ISIS. Small groups have routinely been moving in and out of the country to conduct the training and advising mission. We are not there yet", Cook said, and recent actions by the Russians and the Syrians "only make it harder.

There is now the real possibility of the United States and Syria squaring off in the air.

The upsurge in fighting and airstrikes in and around the city, split between government-held west and rebel-held eastern sectors, has prompted growing global concern, galvanized by pictures Thursday of a dazed, bloodied boy. Turkey is now allowing a rebel Syrian force under the banner of the Free Syrian Army to assemble on its soil for an attack on an Islamic State-held town, seeking to deny control to the YPG.

The journalist in Hasakeh said eight air strikes could be heard throughout the day, mostly focused in the city's southwestern neighbourhoods. According to USA officials, the American forces were moved to a safer position after the attack, but weren't pulled entirely from the theater.

Thousands of civilians in the ethnically mixed city, including members of the Christian community, have fled to villages in the countryside as the fighting intensified, residents said.

"Right now in the city you don't have electricity, you don't have bread", he said.

It added that airstrikes and shelling in and around Aleppo had killed 422 civilians, including 142 children, this month.



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