ISIS attack: Two British special forces soldiers ‘seriously injured’

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At least one fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces is believed to have been killed and a number of others wounded.

Two British soldiers were seriously injured by a missile fired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group in eastern Syria on Saturday, according to a war monitor.

The soldiers were hit by an ISIS missile attack on a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base in the east Syrian town of Shafa, Deir ez-Zor, Rudaw said.

They were reportedly evacuated by United States forces on Saturday morning.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman told Press Association: "We do not comment on special forces".

Last month U.S. president Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of around 2,000 soldiers from Syria, deployed to support the SDF, claiming Daesh had been defeated.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pair were part of the the worldwide anti-ISIL coalition, led by the United States.

The attack comes a year after the death of an SAS solider in Syria.

British special forces are the only military personnel understood to be operating in Syria alongside the US.

Just this week the president was contradicted by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said IS was not defeated by "a long way".

The move shocked U.S. allies and American defence officials alike, with USA defence secretary Jim Mattis and a top U.S. official in the fight against so-called Islamic State, Brett McGurk, resigning soon after.

Sergeant Matt Tonroe of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was killed while embedded with U.S. forces in Syria when they were caught by an explosion in March 2018.

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