Russian Federation denies striking US-backed militia in Syria

Russian Federation denies striking US-backed militia in Syria

Russian Federation denies striking US-backed militia in Syria

A Russian general was killed while battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, Moscow's defense ministry has said.

The western bank of the Euphrates that divides in two Deir-Ezzor, was recovered by Syrian troops, with the support of the Air Force and special commands from Russian Federation, while in the Eastern part the EDS and United States officials are located.

The SDF said on Monday that Russian jets had struck their positions near a gas field they captured in Deir Ez-Zor province last week, killing one of its fighters.

Islamic State militants had planted explosive devices at the plant, hoping to cause a maximum damage, before the SDF took control over the facility on Saturday, Omar Abu Leila, who heads Deir Ezzour24, told The Journal.

"Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers", Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement.

We review the key developments in Syria, including the SDF capturing a major gas field in Deir Ezzor, Iran launching a missile strike against ISIS in Deir Ezzor and Turkey extending its mandate to deploy troops in Syria.

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The PKK/PYD is advancing into the eastern Syrian province, home to some of the country's most productive oilfields.

That led USA and Russian generals to hold a first face-to-face meeting last week in an effort to avoid accidental clashes and prevent a direct confrontation between the two sides.

Backed by the USA, the PKK/PYD on September 9 began advancing into Deir ez-Zor without encountering any resistance from Daesh.

Syria's largest oil field, the al-Omar, is located on the eastern side of the river. Together with Asapov, that brings the overall death toll of Russian servicemen in Syria to 37.

The village has been largely spared from Syria's civil war, which grew out of demonstrations in 2011 against the Assad family's four-decade rule.

According to RT, Lieutenant General Valery Asapov is the highest-ranking Russian officer to be killed in the Syrian campaign.

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