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    US Strikes Pro-Assad Forces in Syria

    “Unprovoked.” That’s how the U.S.-led coalition described a Syrian government attack on their positions in Deir el-Zour province on Wednesday. The coalition responded in a rare show of force, with airstrikes and artillery reportedly killing 100 pro-regime attackers. The area is split between U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops, often backed by both Iranian and Russian forces. Meanwhile, U.S. troops in the city of Manbij are prominently flying American flags, hoping to discourage Turkish forces from attacking U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters.

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