Led coalition bombs pro-government forces

President Assad has held on to power thanks largely to President Putin

Syrian state television said on Thursday the US -led coalition against Islamic State had bombed pro-Syrian government forces east of the Euphrates river in Deir al-Zor province in eastern Syria, causing casualties.

The U.S. -led coalition had alerted Russian officials about the presence of SDF forces in the area far in advance of the thwarted attack, the U.S. official said. No American troops were killed or wounded in the incident.

The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the USA official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars.

Syrian government forces are active on the other side of the river around the city of Deir al-Zor.

United States military officials said the attacks, which began late on Wednesday, were conducted to "repel acts of aggression". The US official said that US forces in the region counterattacked using artillery and aircraft. This is a line that the coalition and the Syrian regime has agreed to and which their forces are not supposed to cross so as to prevent any conflicts.

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After the attack the coalition "conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression". Officials declined to say whether the airstrikes were conducted with manned or unmanned aircraft. US troops were there at the time, but none of them were hurt.

And coalition planes have hit regime forces posing a threat to a base in Syria that hosts USA and coalition advisers.

"Daesh" is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. One SDF member was injured. A coalition official told Reuters that the attacking forces were "likely seeking to seize oil fields in Khsham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh [ISIS] from 2014-2017".

Neither was it clear whether Russian Federation, which is conducting its own air campaign in support of the Syrian government, may have had any role in the incident.

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