U.S.-led anti-ISIS air strikes launched in coordination with Syrian regime: official

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Ali Haider, Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Ali Haider, the Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation, said on Wednesday that air strikes carried out by the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS)  are moving in the right direction in terms of non-exposure to civilians or government targets.

“Regarding the raids carried out in Syria, we see them moving in the right direction in terms of informing the Syrian government and avoiding the targeting of Syrian military institutions, as well as non-exposure to civilians,” Haider said.

The official Syrian News Agency SANA, announced on Tuesday that anti-IS air strikes in Syria are taking place in coordination with and with the authorization of the Syrian government.

However,  in response to the Syrian regime allegations, American officials stated on Tuedsay that none of the coalition forces had coordinated with the Syrian regime, warning the regime not to respond to any of the raids carried out by coalition warplanes.

On Tuesday the Russian Foreign Ministry also warned against launching any strikes carried out by the international coalition in Syria without the approval of the Syrian government, or without the authorization of the U.N. Security Council.

Noteworthy, the United States Air Force alongside Arab countries such as Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan began targeting sites at dawn on Tuesday belonging to the Islamic State group, al-Nusra Front and Khorasan group in Syria, flying from military bases in the northern Arabian Gulf.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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