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Coalition destroys Russian-made tank in Syria

AFP  |  Washington 

A US-led coalition drone has destroyed a Russian-designed tank in eastern close to the scene of last week's attack on pro-regime forces that left more than 100 loyalists dead, officials said today. The strike on the tank occurred on Saturday near Al Tabiyeh, in province, the said in a statement. "We detected and saw a tank that took a shot at us," Jeffrey Harrigian, who heads up operations for the region, told reporters. "It continued to move, so we... executed self-defence rules of engagement to protect ourselves." For the most part, the US-led coalition has managed to skirt the edges of Syria's civil war by staying focused on the Islamic State group. But occasional attacks on pro-regime forces, which the US says are conducted in self defence, raise the risks of it being sucked into a broader conflict. Harrigian was careful to avoid speculating who was inside the tank, though the is widely used by the The incident came three days after the US-led coalition killed more than 100 forces loyal to Syrian after shelling and using tanks to fire at the SDF and coalition advisers. died in that day, according to groups representing them. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a spokesman, said the coalition had spoken with via a special hotline prior to the strike "to avoid misperceptions and miscalculations that could endanger each other's forces." At the time of the February 7 attack, the Russian defence ministry said "there are no Russian servicemen in " However, many Russian citizens are fighting in as mercenaries working for a private military company called Wagner, according to numerous reports.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 02:55 IST
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