Close to Euphrates river in Iraq's restive Anbar province, Al Qaim crossing faces Al BuKamal in Syria's vast eastern region of Deir Ezzor and was recaptured from Daesh in November 2017.
The air strikes began late on Sunday and continued after midnight in the region of Albu Kamal near Syria's border with Iraq, killing 18 Iranians and pro-Iranian fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Experts argue that Washington is likely to end up hurting its own policies if it does not intervene and stop its allies in northern Syria from a resource grab.
A team of TRT World journalists visited several districts in the contested region and interviewed people affected by the brutal aerial assaults carried out by the regime and Russia.
Arab residents complain about a lack of basic services and discrimination by local administrations run by the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group.
Starting five days ago, demonstrations against the YPG-dominated US-backed SDF had increased in a string of towns, from Busayrah to Shuhail, in a strategic oil belt in the heart of Arab tribal territory, east of the Euphrates River.
Britain-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says over 60 Syrian regime fighters have been killed in 48 hours.
The defeat of Daesh in Syria should be celebrated, but the world should be cognizant that the next manifestation of Daesh could lead to a global wave of terror.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly Daesh militants and their relatives, have left the terror group's last bastions in and around Syria's Baghouz in recent weeks.
The United Nations said some 3,000 people fled Syria’s northeastern province of Deir Ezzor last week, but at least 84 people, most of them children, died on the way to the Al Hol refugee camp in a neighbouring province.
Many civilians seeking to escape Daesh territory have to pay smugglers fees to the PKK who then don't deliver and seek more money from them.
Over 60 civilians died of starvation and malnutrition fleeing the clashes. Both Daesh and YPG have been accused of abducting or holding civilians hostages in Syria.
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