US strikes killed 18 American-backed forces in Syria: Pentagon
The US military says a misdirected US-led coalition airstrike in northern Syria killed 18 US-backed forces on April 11.
The US Defense Department, also known as the Pentagon, said Thursday that the attack killed 11 members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
SDF is a US-backed coalition of fighters who have seized swathes of territory from Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in northern Syria.
The militia has been playing a major role in liberating Raqqah, the self-proclaimed headquarters of Daesh that fell to the terrorists in March 2013.
Separate reports coming out of Syria suggest that hundreds of people, including civilians, have lost their lives after an airstrike by the US-led coalition hit poison gas supplies belonging to Daesh terrorists.
The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces, in a statement released on Thursday, announced that the airstrike had taken place in the eastern village of Hatla, near the city of Dayr al-Zawr, at around 5:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT) the previous day.
The statement, published by Syria’s official news agency, SANA, added that a cloud of thick white smoke covered the area after the strike, before it turned yellow. The assault also caused a fierce blaze, which continued until late in the evening on Wednesday.
(This is a developing story)