Led coalition hits Syrian army post, causing casualties

He said the United States was an occupying power in Syria and that his state supported "any act of resistance, whether against terrorists or against occupying forces, regardless of their nationality".

Josh Jacques, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.

A drone attack by the US-led worldwide coalition killed 40 Syrian soldiers and allies and injured 30 in a desert area south of al-Bukamal, northeastern of Deir Ezzor province, on Monday.

In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Popular Mobilization Forces - the mostly Shiite state-sanctioned paramilitaries - came under attack south of the town of Qaim, just across the border from Boukamal.

The Syrian army, alongside allied Iran-backed militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iraqi groups, drove Islamic State from Albu Kamal and its environs past year, but the jihadists have since staged attacks in the area.

A spokesman for the coalition was not immediately available.

A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the USA military was concerned that Popular Mobilisation Forces could retaliate against American forces in Iraq.

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In February, dozens of pro-government fighters - many of them Russian mercenaries - were killed in air and artillery strikes carried out by United States forces in response to what they said was an attack on their allies' headquarters. "We are concerned about the perception that we conducted this strike, particularly because we want to avoid any possible retaliation against our forces in Iraq or Syria". At least 52 fighters were killed in the attacks, including a number of Syrian troops.

A Middle East correspondent said: "Syrian forces killed in a global coalition raid on a military site south of Albukamal".

Last month a dozen pro-regime fighters were killed in an airstrike on Syrian government positions that the Observatory and state media blamed on the coalition.

The mission of these forces was to protect and secure the border between Syria and Iraq and fight the remaining so-called "Islamic State" terrorists in the area. The U.S. -led coalition has struck pro-government forces in the past when they have tried to cross the river.

Sunday's attack took place in Syria's east and targeted pro-Assad forces, not Iranian ones.

Meanwhile in the country's north, a deal reached between Turkey and the U.S.to have Kurdish forces withdraw from a town appears to have gone into effect.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG forms the backbone of that force but Turkey considers the group terrorists and has been demanding the USA cease its support.

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