57 dead in US-led strikes on IS Syria prison: monitor

The U.S. -led coalition is supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters in their assault on Islamic State in its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.

Turkish officials late last week said Mattis had reassured them by letter that arms given to the Syrian Kurds would be taken back and that the US would provide Turkey with a regular list of arms give to the fighters.

Other activists said the United States had deployed forces near the Tab Abyad town in Aleppo countryside to keep the Turkish-backed rebels away from the SDF. It says the building belonged to an al-Qaeda-linked commander before it was seized by the IS group in 2014.

In a news bulletin flashed on screen, it said the building had been used as a prison for a "large number of civilians". "This mission was meticulously planned and executed to reduce the risk of collateral damage and potential harm to non-combatants", he added.

Russian Federation said earlier this month that it had killed about 180 Daesh militants, including two field commanders, in June 6 and 8 air strikes on Deir Ezzor.

Currently, there are a number of communication lines between Russian and USA forces, including one that runs into the US -led coalition's main operations center in Qatar and another that connects the commander of US forces in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, to his Russian counterpart in Syria.

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CENTCOM said it will assess the allegations that civilian prisoners were killed, and it would publish the results of its assessment in its monthly civilian casualty report.

It said at least 42 people were killed, identifying them as prisoners of Islamic State.

Just hours after his remarks, however, the White House released a statement saying that it had reason to believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces were preparing for a chemical weapons attack and that his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducted any such strike.

Most of Deir Ezzor province is controlled by the militants and it has been the target of air strikes by both the coalition and the Syrian regime army and its Russian ally.

Spicer further explained that intelligence has observed certain activities which mirror preparations taken before the April 2017 attack that killed dozens of men, women and children. "As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria".

Mattis did not address the nature of the intelligence or White House warning as he flew to Europe for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, but said the USA was not going to get pulled into the conflict between the regime and the armed opposition.

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