Russia strikes U.S.-backed rebels in Syria: U.S. official

June 17, 2016 9:30 AM

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Russia strikes U.S.-backed rebels in Syria: U.S. official

WASHINGTON Russia warplanes struck at rebels battling Islamic State militants, including forces backed by the United States, in southern Syria on Thursday, a senior U.S. defense official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, criticized the Russian air strikes near al-Tanf and said no Russia or Syrian ground forces were in the area at the time.

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