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Russia's Ria Novosti Correspondent Comes Under Shelling in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

25 September, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • US, Russian Generals Meet to Discuss Deir El-Zour Tensions

Recently, Syrian government troops crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir ez-Zor for the first time since they broke a siege on parts of the eastern city earlier this month.

Russia's warning underscored rising tensions over Syria between Moscow and Washington.

Al-Ahd added that the long distance between the Russia-run Humeimim airbase and Eastern or Central Syria and the superior capabilities and features of Deir Ezzur airbase are two other reasons for Moscow's decision.

Konashenkov said, "Russia unequivocally told the commanders of USA forces in Al Udeid Airbase (Qatar) that it will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF are stationed".

"Fire from positions in regions controlled by the SDF will be suppressed by all means necessary", he stressed.

United States and Russian generals held a face-to-face meeting this week in a bid to avoid accidental clashes, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

A Kurdish fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, walks through the village of Sabah al-Khayr on the northern outskirts of Deir Ezzor as they advance to encircle the ISIS terrorist group's bastion of Raqa on February 21, 2017.

According to a new report from Axios, representatives of the US and Russian governments recently met "somewhere in the Middle East" to hold secret talks that aren't so secret anymore. Col. Ryan Dillon, the US military spokesman in Baghdad, told NPR yesterday that the U.S.is not interested in grabbling land from the Assad government, and that such questions should be decided after ISIS is defeated.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the Conoco gas field and plant came under full control of the group on Saturday morning after days of fighting with the armed group.

Given the general pattern of IS strategic withdrawals, it appears that the jihadist faction has completely withdrawn either to the eastern bank of the Euphrates and/ or south of Deir ez-Zor city.

Sillo said Syrian fighters marched toward the field from the nearby village of Khsham under the cover of airstrikes by the US -led coalition.



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