Beirut/ Damascus — US troops carried out an airborne operation in an area controlled by Syrian government troops in north-eastern Syria, killing one person and arresting at least two others, Syrian sources said Thursday.
It was the first such US military operation in areas controlled by the Syrian government.
The operation took place in Molouk Saray, 17 kilometers south of Qamishli, at dawn, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been monitoring violence in Syria since the uprising started in 2011, reported.
Informed sources in al-Hasakah province told dpa that “US forces carried out an airborne operation at dawn today (Thursday) in the village of Molouk al-Saray, … killing a person and kidnapping two people, one of whom was the commander of a group of auxiliary forces affiliated with the Syrian army.”
The sources added that the landing operation was followed by heavy shooting between the US forces and members of the auxiliary group of the government forces. They said four US helicopters were involved in the attack. The US Central Command could not be reached for comment.
US forces were deployed to Syria in 2015 to assist the Syrian Kurds and their other allies in the fight against Islamic State.
Iran has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer since 2011.
In July a leader of the Islamic State was killed in an airstrike by the US military.
Maher al-Agal was one of the top five leaders of Islamic State, and the leader of the dreaded terrorist outfit in Syria, according to the Pentagon. He was killed in a drone strike in Jindayris in north-western Syria.
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