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U.S. engages in rare strikes against pro-regime forces in Syria

A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands in an an empty street in the western neighborhood of Jazrah on the outskirts of Raqqa in October.
A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces stands in an an empty street on the outskirts of Raqqa in October. Photo: Chris McGrath / Getty Images

The United States and Syrian Democratic Forces coalition engaged in "a combination of air and artillery strikes" against pro-regime forces in Syria late Wednesday night, after an "unprovoked" attack, Col. Thomas F. Veale, CJTF-OIR Public Affairs Officer, told Axios.

The bottom line: This is a rare response from the U.S. in a conflict zone that has seen escalation in recent months. The Washington Post reported that the beginning of 2018 has been "one of the bloodiest periods of the conflict yet."