Washington and Moscow have held high-level talks aimed at shoring up military "deconfliction" zones in eastern Syria after Russian Federation was accused of targeting USA -backed forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group in an airstrike, a top US general said Sunday.
The crossing came almost two weeks after the Russia-backed Syrian troops breached a three-year siege on their troops in the city.
Late Monday, at least four people, among them a child, were wounded when a booby-trapped motorbike exploded in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Observatory said.
"Our forces east of the Euphrates were hit with an attack from the Russian aircraft and Syrian regime forces, targeting our units in the industrial zone", the SDF said in a statement.
The Syrian Army liberating the Deir ez-Zor region from terrorists is facing strong resistance and massive fire from areas where armed opposition groups and U.S. forces are stationed, the Russian Defense Ministry said. ISIS militants still have pockets inside the city on the western and eastern banks of the river. Two planes took off from the airport carrying aid to Deir Ezzor, Reuters said, citing Syrian state media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"Even if the pro-government [forces] keep up their advance in the city, it will mean nothing if they don't control the eastern bank", Abdurrahman said.
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U.S. troops were present when Russian warplanes bombed United States backed anti-ISIS fighters in Syria on Saturday, two USA officials told CNN, highlighting how close the two countries came to a major global incident. Talks have been under way to extend a formal demarcation line, officials have said. "The Russians are providing air support to Syrian Regime operations to reclaim territorial control over the area around Deir Ezzor", Dillon told CNN Tuesday.
"But they will not get what they want", the Syrian official added, implying that the SDF drive against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province is just to capture oil-rich areas.
Until Monday, Syrian troops had been fighting only west of the Euphrates, while the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces waged a rival offensive against Daesh east of the river.
"Whether it's the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), or ISIS or any illegitimate foreign force in the country. we will fight and work against them so our land is freed completely from any aggressor".
Col. Ryan Dillon says as the two forces approach each other on the ground, "de-confliction" talks with Russian Federation, which backs the Syrian government troops, have increased in frequency.
But their advance was hampered by a sudden rise of the water level in the Euphrates and a two-fold increase in the speed of its current after the government troops started crossing the river, Konashenkov said. "The decision to establish and close temporary bases is determined by operational requirements and the progress of the campaign", US Army Col. Ryan Dillon said.