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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

US denies reports of overnight strikes on Syria regime 

Twitter account affiliated with the group claimed that positions in the desert came under attack

The $700 million figure is three times the estimate of Iranian previously estimated by the US before Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
The $700 million figure is three times the estimate of Iranian previously estimated by the US before Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

The US-led coalition against ISIS in Syria on Thursday denied carrying out any overnight attacks against Assad regime targets.

A spokesperson for the US Coalition told The National, “these reports are false, the Coalition did not strike any Syrian Army positions in Eastern Syria.” The official added that their mission is “to defeat ISIS in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations” and that “this has not changed.”

Overnight a Hezbollah Twitter outlet accused the US coalition of carrying air strikes against Assad regime targets in the east of the country.

Hezbollah’s electronic unit named the “War Media Centre”, tweeted at about 1.30am local time that the US coalition had carried out attacks against two Syrian regime force targets in the east of the country, near the T2 pumping station.

“Military source: Some of our positions in Boukamal and Hmeimim in the Syrian desert came under attack by US coalition around 12.40am, as ISIS was grouping its forces. Only material damages were incurred”, the tweet read.

It added in another tweet that the US coalition targeted T2, an energy installation located “near the border with Iraq and about 60 miles west of the Euphrates river where the coalition is backing ground forces against Islamic State”, according to Reuters.

The same area has been the centre of fierce fighting between regime forces and ISIS this week.