Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) special forces troops conducted a large operation targeting ISIS operatives, but the Syrian state media news outlet SANA claimed that American and Kurdish troops fired indiscriminately at civilians, killing four members of a single-family while taking hostages during a “large airborne operation” near Deir al-Zor on Monday.
The SDF claimed to have killed five ISIS members, most of whom were wearing explosive belts during the operation, stating that they had received support from the U.S.-led coalition and that the raid targeted a hideout used by “a dangerous cell of the terrorist” ISIL (ISIS) terror group. However, the Syrians also accused the U.S. of kidnapping “a number of civilians” during the operation that began at dawn.
The SDF, a US-backed alliance of mostly Kurdish and Arab fighters, which controls the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northeastern Syria, said in a statement on Monday that the raid took place near the village of al-Busaira.
The Pentagon said U.S-led coalition forces had carried out an operation with the Syrian Democratic Forces in Busayra that killed four ISIS fighters, including one wearing a suicide vest, but there had been no detentions.