February 8, 2018 / 4:30 AM / 13 days ago

More than 100 pro-Syrian forces killed after thwarted attack - U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed after U.S.-led coalition and coalition-backed local forces thwarted a large, apparently coordinate attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday, a U.S. official said.

“Syrian pro-regime forces included approximately 500 personnel in a large, dismounted formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, to offer new details on the incident.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Michael Perry

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