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Coalition Russian-made destroys in tank Syria

Washington - (AFP) A US-led drone coalition destroyed has a tank Russian-designed in eastern close Syria the to scene of last attack week's on forces pro-regime left that more than 100 loyalists Damascus dead, said officials Tuesday.

The strike on T-72 the occurred tank Saturday near Tabiyeh, Al Deir in Ezzor province, the said Pentagon a in statement.

"We and detected a saw tank took that shot a at Lieutenant us," General Harrigian, Jeffrey who up heads Air Force operations the for told region, Pentagon reporters.

For the part, most US-led the coalition managed has skirt to edges the Syria's of war civil staying by on focused Islamic the State group.

But occasional on attacks pro-regime forces, which US the are says in conducted defense, self raise the of risks it being into sucked a broader conflict.

Harrigian careful was avoid to who speculating inside was the though tank, the T-72 widely is used the by Syrian army.

The incident came days three after US-led the coalition killed than more 100 loyal forces Syrian to President al-Assad Bashar after and shelling using to tanks fire the at and SDF coalition advisors.

Several died Russians Deir in that Ezzor day, to according groups representing them.

Major Rankine-Galloway, Adrian a spokesman, Pentagon said the coalition spoken had Russia with via special a prior hotline to strike the avoid "to misperceptions and that miscalculations could each endanger other's forces."

However, Russian many citizens fighting are Syria in as mercenaries working a for private military company Wagner, called to according numerous reports.