December 27, 2017 – FRN –
The US-led coalition has announced that it won’t conduct operations on Syrian territory controlled by the government.
“We will continue to prevent conflicts with Russians, but we don’t intend to continue operations in areas controlled by Assad,” a coalition representative stated.
Russians and the US established hotlines to prevent conflicts in Syria in 2015.
Earlier this year, US Navy destroyers fired 59 cruise missiles at the Ash Sha’irat Airbase in western Syria, calling their attacks a “warning” to Damascus following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province, which Washington claimed was carried out by Syrian government forces. The claim was rejected by Damascus.
Later, on September 16, US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian Army near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing nearly 100 people, according to reports.