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U.S.-backed SDF say attacked by Russian jets in east Syria
September 25, 2017 / 10:34 AM / in a month

U.S.-backed SDF say attacked by Russian jets in east Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias said Russian jets and Syrian government forces struck their positions in Deir al-Zor province on Monday, killing and injuring a number of fighters.

There was no immediate comment from Moscow or Damascus.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said they came under attack near a major gas field they had seized from Islamic State in recent days.

“We will not stand by with our arms crossed and we will use our legitimate right to self-defence,” said the statement by the SDF, which fights alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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