U.S. dismisses fears of wider war in Syria


Syria has called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn the new "massacre" committed by the USA -led coalition east of the country that killed dozens of government-backed troops.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said it was "not realistic" to impose a ceasefire because armed groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces were unlikely to uphold it.

United Nations relief officials called for a month-long truce to allow relief to be delivered to patients and those who have been wounded.

Meanwhile, Washington tried to ease tensions on Thursday, with Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White saying in a news briefing that the US was not "looking for a conflict with the regime".

However, the USA -led coalition says it was acting in self-defense, citing a major attack on its allied Kurdish and Arab forces.

Syrian government troops have launched numerous air attacks on Eastern Ghouta since Monday, resulting in the death of at least 207 civilians.

"These are the worst four days that Eastern Ghouta has ever gone through", said Hamza, a doctor treating patients in the suburb of Arbin. Coalition officials alerted Russian officials of the SDF presence via the deconfliction line in advance of the attack, White said.

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"Nobody invited them there", Vasily Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that a hard fought for stability in Syria is being jeopardized by United States actions.

Turkey was reported to have halted flights in recent days because Russian Federation had closed the airspace over the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin.

A large-scale attack by over 500 Syrian troops aligned with Bashar al-Assad on a base used by USA troops and local United States allies underscored the challenges faced by the Trump administration as it seeks to implement its long-term strategy for Syria, with both the Russian-backed regime and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey recently conducting or threating attacks against America's primary ally in Syria.

One SDF fighter was wounded, officials said.

Analysts reporting on the Syrian Civil War raised questions as to the underlying agenda of American forces in the region, "The issue here is that if we don't have a clear strategy of how to proceed in Syria, we could be drawn into a conflict with Russian Federation on Russia's terms", said Hassan Mneimneh, a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" in Afrin three weeks ago, targeting the YPG Kurdish militia in Syria, which Ankara views as a terrorist group.