U.S. coalition airstrike mistakenly kills 18 allied fighters

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On Thursday morning, it was announced that 18 allied fighters were killed Tuesday in a “misdirected airstrike” by a U.S.-led coalition while fighting ISIS in Syria.

The airstrike accidentally hit the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters considered to be the best local force in the fight against ISIS.

In Tuesday’s incident, the SDF was working in coordination with coalition forces, both in the air and on the ground, in an attempt to take back control of the city of Tabqa and the Tabqa Dam.

The SDF was mistakenly identified by the partnered forces as an ISIS fighting group.

The coalition released the following statement:

“The coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident. The coalition is assessing the cause of the incident and will implement appropriate safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

H/T: The Hill

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