UK Defense Ministry Acknowledges Civilian Casualties in Syria Airstrike in March

UK Defense Ministry Acknowledges Civilian Casualties in Syria Airstrike in March

The U.S. State Department says renewed operations against IS by American-backed Kurdish forces are meant to "liberate the final ISIS strongholds in Syria". But Nauert says the USA will "ensure that there is a strong and lasting footprint in Syria such that ISIS can not return". "This is a key milestone in bringing lasting stability to both Iraq and Syria".

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security committee, addressed the attack at a press conference in the Syrian capital on Tuesday.

Israel has not confirmed or denied responsibility for the strike, but Iran and the Syrian government hold Tel Aviv responsible for Sunday's missile attack in northern Syria.

Hashim Muhammad, the SDF commander of the al-Jazeera Storm operation, accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of "playing a game" by trying to intentionally hamper their operation in eastern Deir el-Zour.

Rights groups, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said at least nine pro-government fighters were killed in the strikes before the territory was regained by the USA -backed forces.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by the US -led coalition against the Islamic State, said they are prepared to respond to any attacks from the Syrian army and its militias as they begin an operation against the final IS strongholds in Deir el-Zour province in eastern Syria.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday resumed their offensive to seize the last territory controlled by Islamic State militants.

In February, US-led coalition air raids killed 25 civilians - including seven children - in the village of Shaafah, in Deir Ezzor province, and surrounding areas, according to the Observatory.

The RAF carries out airstrikes and other operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria as part of an worldwide coalition dubbed "Operation Inherent Resolve", some 75 nations are participant to coalition activities.

The SDF had paused operations against ISIS after Turkey launched an assault on the northwestern district of Afrin in January.

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have liberated a number of areas in the country's southwestern province of Rif Dimashq from the clutches of Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

The SDF halted its fight against IS in eastern Syria and turned westward in mid-March to fight a Turkish incursion in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

An array of Syrian and Iraqi forces has driven IS from almost all the territory it once held in the two countries.

In the first three months of 2018 United Kingdom drones fired as many weapons in Syria as they have done over the previous 18 months.

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