Russian Federation warns it'll hit back if fired on in Syria

Report U.S. Russia Hold Secret Talks

The Russian warning underscored growing tensions over Syria between Moscow and Washington.

The Russian Defence Ministry yesterday said the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with U.S. special forces, and twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces. "Fire points in those areas will be immediately suppressed with all military means".

According to a new report from Axios, representatives of the US and Russian governments recently met "somewhere in the Middle East" to hold secret talks that aren't so secret anymore.

The meeting is believed to be the first such meeting between the USA and Russian forces in the region and involved the exchange of maps and graphics about where their respective partnered forces were situated. The next main target will be al-Omar oil field that is Syria's largest and is also on the east bank of the Euphrates, and Syrian government forces also are speeding to capture it. Oil revenue is badly needed for future reconstruction of Syria, which has been plagued by war since 2011. Army Col. Ryan Dillon wouldn't tell reporters who was there or how long the meeting was ...

A military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that army units also made advances towards Ma'adan city in the eastern countryside of Raqqa province.

The Russian Defence Ministry this week accused US spies of initiating a jihadi offensive against government-held parts of northwest Syria on Tuesday.

The photos posted on Russia's Defense Ministry's Facebook page on Sunday show equipment that is being used by the United States special forces.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Russia was referring to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the USA -led coalition, which Moscow said had diverted from the battle to take Raqqa to Deir al-Zor, where Russian special forces are helping the Syrian army push out Islamic State militants.

The convergence of the rival offensives has increased tensions in Deir al-Zor.

Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Conoco gas field and plant came under full control of the group Saturday morning after days of fighting with the extremists.



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