US Air Force bombs Syrian Army troops in Qamishli: report

The U.S. Air Force and NATO coalition allegedly bombed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Al-Qamishli countryside, following the latter’s obstruction of an American patrol in northern Al-Hasakah.

Syria's state news agency SANA said U.S. fighter jets bombed a checkpoint belonging to Syrian forces in Tal Zahab in south of Qamishli after the Syrian forces prevented a convoy of U.S. forces from passing through the checkpoint.

A Syrian soldier was killed and two others were wounded in the strike, SANA reported.

Meanwhile, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a U.S.-led Coalition aircraft bombed the checkpoint, killing and sounding a number of Syrian soldiers.

There was no immediate comments from the U.S. Army or the Coalition forces.

This latest attack by the U.S. Air Force comes at a time of increased tension in northeastern Syria, as the Syrian Arab Army strengthens their posts across the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

In 2016, the U.S. Air Force ‘accidentally’ bombed the Syrian Arab Army troops in Deir Ezzor, killing over 100 soldiers while they were fending off an attack by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).

The Monday's strike was the first deadly incident of its kind in six months, the Observatory said, although tensions are not unusual in the area, where the web of security responsibilities is complex.

Northeastern Syria is mainly under the control of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces who are spearheaded by Kurdish fighters, but Syrian army forces are deployed in certain locations under agreements with the Kurds.

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