14 Pro-Iran Fighters in Syria Killed in Airstrikes: Monitor

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At least 14 pro-Iran militia fighters from Iraq and Afghanistan have been killed in airstrikes in war-torn eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

Saturday night’s strikes in Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, were likely carried out by Israeli warplanes, the Observatory said.

The IDF said it does not comment on foreign reports.

More than 10 strikes hit Iran-backed militia positions outside the border town of Albu Kamal, according to the war observer.

The attack killed eight Iraqis and six Afghan fighters, he said.

It also destroyed two bases as well as several military vehicles, the Observatory added.

Iranian-backed fighters are heavily deployed across a stretch of territory between the Syrian cities of Albu Kamal and Mayadeen, two former strongholds of the Islamic State group.

Along with Russia, Iran has been one of the main supporters of the Damascus regime in its nine-year civil war.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes and missiles on Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops.

The Israeli military rarely recognizes individual strikes.

The war in Syria has killed over 380,000 people and displaced millions more since the start of 2011 with the brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

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