Dozens dead in US-led raids on jihadist-run Syrian jail

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Rahman said 260 civilians, including 82 children, were killed in the largely Islamic State group-held province of Deir az-Zor.

The activist-run Deirezzor24 website said the prisoners included civilians and Syrian rebels opposed to IS.

The city is symbolic as its the first that the group captured as it moved across Iraq and Syria to create the Islamic State.

But Syria has been in a civil war since 2011, and many of those USA -backed forces are also considered a threat by the Assad government. "So it may look a little more squiggly", Mattis said.

But the United States involvement in Syria has also become increasingly complex.

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The White House on Monday accused Assad's regime of preparing a potential chemical attack and said it would pay a "heavy price", prompting criticism from regime allies Russian Federation and Iran.

In April, President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike in response to what Washington claimed was a gas attack carried out by Assad's forces that killed almost 90 people.

Mattis said the USA gave the fighters weapons they needed for the urban fighting they are facing in Raqqa. "You've got to really play this thing very carefully", he said. But they expect the Syrian battlefield to become more complicated and crowded after Raqqa's fall when US -backed forces, pro-Syrian government troops and Russian jets likely will be fighting near each other.

Mattis's remarks leave open the possibility that the SDF will likely continue to fight the Islamic State in northern Syria after the operation to retake Raqqa ends.

U.S. forces would not fire on targets "unless they are the enemy, unless they are ISIS", he said late on Monday.

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It may also have been aimed at the regime's backers in Moscow and Tehran, who have resolutely backed Assad and denied the regime's responsibility for chemical weapons use. In response, President Donald Trump ordered the military to fire about 60 cruise missiles at the base.

There are about 900 US servicemembers in Syria advising, training and providing fire support for an estimated 50,000 Syrian forces that the United States now supports.

"Our goal is always for zero civilian casualties", the statement said.

Mattis also acknowledged that the US would continue to supply Kurdish forces in the north with weapons despite objections by USA ally Turkey.

That could mean that the valley, with so many competing factions fighting in it, could be divided into even smaller zones where U.S., Syria and Russian forces would restrict their operations, he said. "It'll be based on where does the river bend here, which side of the river is the town on there".

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