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Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Both a USA -led coalition against Islamic State, and the Syrian military backed by Russian Federation, have targeted the jihadist group in cities and towns along the Euphrates valley.

The activist, however, did not specify the number of the injured.

Zeid, a prince from neighboring Jordan, also cited "worrying reports" about looting, abductions, arbitrary detention, and "the recruitment of children" by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in areas they control - like the town of Tabqa.

Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity, triggering a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. Head of Deir Ezzor 24, Omar Abou Layla, said he expected the number of reported deaths to increase.

"What would you do in his position if the most powerful nation in the world demonstrated to you that we can see what you are doing?" he said.

Al-Mayadeen is located approximately 20 kilometers from Doblan.

Shamkhani said the repetition of such "hollow claims" is a continuation of the USA -engineered "scenario" primarily meant to counter the Syrian Army's "determining advances" against the militants and "cover up the repeated failures of the terrorism front".

At least 57 people were killed in an airstrike on an IS-run jail in the Euphrates River Valley on Monday. The Observatory says 231 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes on IS territory in eastern Syria in the last three months. The facilities were divided into a special section for civilians and another for IS members. The two-hour meeting took place in Ayn Issa, a town about 30 miles north of Raqqa city, where the council is based. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "such threats to Syria's legitimate leaders are unacceptable".

He went on saying that repeating baseless claims against the Syrian government is part of the United States scenario to cover up its failures in several fronts against terrorism and to hamper Assad government's advances in its fight against terrorists.

The coalition is supporting an offensive by Kurdish and Arab militias against Islamic State's besieged Syrian capital of Raqqa, 200 km (150 miles) northwest of al-Dablan up the Euphrates.

Turkey was angered by a US decision last month to arm the Syrian Kurds, fearing the weapons will end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey.