US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria

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The U.S. denied a report from Syrian state media that the U.S. bombed Syrian military positions in the eastern portion of the country. 

“No member of the U.S.-led coalition carried out strikes near Albu Kamal,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Josh Jacques told Reuters

{mosads}Syrian state media had reported on Sunday that the U.S.-led coalition bombed one of the government’s military positions in al-Harra, resulting in injuries and fatalities, according to Reuters.

The newswire reported that there were no initial details on the reported fatalities. 

A commander from an alliance supporting Syria told the news outlet that the drones were “probably American.” 

The official said the drone bombed Iraqi faction positions between Syrian military positions and Albu Kamal and Tanf. 

The U.S. is leading a coalition backing Syrian Arab and Kurdish militias fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has blasted the U.S. presence in Syria, referring to it as an occupation. 

Assad said his government would “support any act of resistance, whether against terrorists or against occupying forces, regardless of their nationality,” according to Reuters. 

President Trump said in March that the U.S. “would be coming out of Syria very soon,” pointing to a possible withdrawal from the country, which has been plagued for civil war since 2011. He has also suggested that other countries in the Middle East should contribute more to Syria.

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