Misdirected coalition airstrike kills 18 US-allied rebels in Syria

The US-led coalition has killed 18 of its own allies in Syria in what it described as a misdirected airstrike.

The
strike was carried out on Tuesday and killed members of the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF), which Washington and other nations have backed
and coordinated with to fight ISIS militants in the country.
 
“The
strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the
target location as an ISIS fighting position. The target location was
actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position,” the US
Central Command said in a statement Thursday. 
 
“The
coalition’s deepest condolences go out to the members of the SDF and
their families. The coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners
who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight
against ISIS despite this tragic incident.”
 
The statement said that the coalition was assessing the incident.
 
The airstrike was carried out south of Tabqa, a focus area for the coalition as it closes in on the ISIS heartland of Raqqa.
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