February 8, 2018 / 5:24 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. not looking for conflict with Syria's forces, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not looking for a conflict with Syrian government forces but has a right to self-defense, the Pentagon said on Thursday, after the U.S.-led coalition repelled an attack by pro-Syrian forces and, according to one account, killed more than 100 of them.

“Our forces have the inherent right of self defense. We are not looking for a conflict with the regime,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told a news briefing.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali

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