Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Backed force says hit by Russian Federation, regime strikes in Syria

Backed force says hit by Russian Federation, regime strikes in Syria

The detained man is one of an estimated 260 Americans who have joined ISIS, and his capture as an enemy combatant is a major first test for America's handling of prisoners of war in the ISIS conflict. The Syrian government was "not fit to lead and rule the people", he said.

SDF fighters have been advancing against IS fighters on the east bank of the Euphrates while Syrian government forces and their allies are pushing on the western side against the extremists. The strike occurred as both Russian and coalition forces converged on the former ISIS stronghold of Deir Ezzor. "In this case the proper authorities would be the equivalent of the department of state in the country", Col. Ryan Dillon said in an address meant for the press through a video call from Baghdad.

Although Trump said during his presidential campaign that he would be "fine" with sending US citizens captured on the terrorism battlefield to the USA detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be tried by military commissions, such proceedings are, by statute, authorized only for foreigners.

'The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and we will pursue ISIS fighters regardless of nationality'.

While in eastern Syria, government forces also captured a new neighborhood from ISIS in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. "As a precondition for Coalition support, SDF and Iraqi forces have pledged to observe global laws and the laws of armed conflict", the command told the Daily Beast. "We do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank".

Russian and coalition officials speak daily, and coalition officials had repeatedly cited those efforts as the reason for the absence of any such clashes in recent weeks.

'Coalition officials are available and the de-confliction line with Russian Federation is open 24 hours per day, ' said Coalition commander Lt Gen Paul E Funk II.

Raqqa was the ISIS group's self-declared capital. "Some parties are trying to create obstacles to our progress", the statement said. "We are fighting terrorism in Iraq and we are killing them in Iraq".

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