Washington Post reports that helicopters attacked Syria, where it borders Iraq, in the Bou Kamal border area of easter Syria.Other reports indicate the attack occurred in the town of Al-Sukkariya.
Residents said the attack targeted a house in the area in which a man and his four sons and two nearby workers were killed.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reports that Syrian TV reported:
Local residents in a Syrian border town said that American forces killed seven men in a helicopter-borne commando attack inside Syrian territory. State-run TV later raised the number of dead to nine.
Doctors in the town of Al-Sukkariya, some eight kilometres from the Iraqi border, said seven corpses and four wounded had been delivered to a nearby clinic after the attack.- Advertisement -
The eyewitness accounts said that four helicopters were involved in the operation, with two of the helicopters landing in the town and eight American soldiers disembarking. The eyewitnesses said that the seven killed men were supposedly construction workers.
Afterwards, the US helicopters then left Syrian airspace with all the soldiers again on board.
If verified, this would be the first time US troops attacked within Syria.