Russia denies bombing positions of US-backed SDF forces in eastern Syria

A fighter from Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) holds the council's flag in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said
The Russian military has flatly rejected a claim that its warplanes have bombed the positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria’s flashpoint province of Deir ez-Zor.

“This is not possible. Why would we bomb them?” the AFP quoted Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s military spokesman at the Hmeymim Air Base, as saying on Saturday.

The air base, located in Syria’s western province of Latakia, is Moscow’s main outpost for its counterterrorism airstrikes in the Arab country.

Earlier in the day, the US-backed militia claimed that they had allegedly come under attack from Russian fighter jets in the strategic and oil-rich eastern province, a complex battlefield where Syrian troops, backed by aerial cover from the Russian air force, and the SDF forces are carrying out parallel yet separate offensives against Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) group.