Syria roadside bomb kills one near coalition base

Bomb by side of the road explodes as a military vehicle drives by on the road from Ain Eisa to the Brigade 93 base

Beirut: A roadside bomb killed a fighter on Monday near a base in northern Syria used by American and French soldiers from the US-led coalition fighting Daesh, a monitor said.

“A bomb by the side of the road exploded as a military vehicle drove by on the road from Ain Eisa to the Brigade 93 base” in the northern province of Raqqa, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by the US-led coalition, are also stationed at the base, Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said.

He was not immediately able to determine the nationality of the victim.

The SDF backed by the US-led coalition have expelled Daesh from much of Syria since the militants overran large parts of the country in 2014.

The militants have also faced a second offensive from Russia-backed regime troops, but still hold tiny pockets in eastern Syria.

Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies are also active in northern Syria, as well as militants from a former Al Qaida affiliate and a myriad other rebel outfits.

More than half a million people have been killed in Syria’s war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of antigovernment protests.


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