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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates

12:40 EDT 15 Sep 2017 | Yahoo News

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross EuphratesBy Tom Perry and Sarah Dadouch BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done so near the city of Deir al-Zor. An aide to President Bashar al-Assad meanwhile said the government would fight any force, including U.S.-backed militias, in efforts to recapture the rest of the country. Syrian government forces supported by Russian air strikes and Iran-backed militias, and a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, are converging on Islamic State in separate offensives around Deir al-Zor.


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