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The coalition strives to make it clear that it is not responsible for the attack, which left 52 dead, to avoid reprisals. This, possibly perpetrated with drones, could be the work of Israel, according to unofficial sources.
Syrian artillery deployed next to the city of Al Bukamal, next to the border with Iraq, in an image dated in November.
The international coalition, led by the United States, denied this Monday (18.06.2018) having participated in the bombing of the Syrian area of Al Bukamal, on the border with Iraq, where at least 52 militiamen loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, They died yesterday. In a statement, the alliance explained that “there was no bombing of the United States or of the coalition forces in that area during the time in question.”
“No member of the US-led coalition carried out attacks near Al Bukamal,” Major Josh Jacques, spokesman for the US Central Command, told Reuters. Even so, the coalition said it is aware of reports of an attack on Al Bukamal, which killed and wounded several members “of an unidentified force” on June 17.
The official Syrian news agency, SANA, blamed the bombing coalition on Sunday against, according to that source, one of the positions of the national army southeast of Al Bukamal. The Iraqi authorities also pointed to the United States. “We have reason to believe it was an Israeli attack,” a US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The city of Al Bukamal, east of Syria.
According to other testimonies, the US military is concerned that forces loyal to the Syrian regime can retaliate against US forces in Iraq. The official said the Pentagon was making an effort to make it publicly clear that it did not participate in the attack to minimize the risk of reprisals.
The attack on Al-Hari came a day after the US-backed SDF announced that it had expelled Islamic State from Dashisha, a village north of the Syrian province of Hasakeh, one of the last areas controlled by the Islamic State. terrorist group in a corridor linking Syria with Iraq. “For the first time in four years, Dashisha, a notorious city of passage for weapons, fighters and suicide bombers between Iraq and Syria, is no longer controlled by ISIS terrorists,” said Brett McGurk, special envoy of the President of the United States. the war against Islamic State.