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Mattis: Pro-Syrian Government Forces in Deconfliction Zone Were 'Iranian-directed'

Pro-Syrian government forces hit by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in an established deconfliction zone inside Syria were directed by Iran, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon the strikes were conducted in "self-defense" and were "necessitated by offensive movement with offensive capability of what we believe were Iranian-directed forces." He added that it was unclear whether Iranians were on the ground with the...

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