A damaged highway is pictured in the rebel-held al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 17, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Syrian troops counterattacked against ISIS around a key eastern airbase Sunday after a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed scores of soldiers forcing a retreat, military sources said.The Pentagon said that coalition pilots had believed they were hitting ISIS and had halted the raid as soon as Damascus ally Moscow informed commanders that army positions were coming under attack.But Damascus reacted angrily to the deadly strike, which forced troops to pull back from two strategic hilltops overlooking the besieged airbase on the outskirts of the city of Deir al-Zor.A second military source inside Deir al-Zor airbase said that troops had already regained some of the lost ground.
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