instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

Special forces troops injured in Daesh strike

Attack: British soldier in desert PICTURE: ALAMY

TWO British special forces soldiers have been seriously wounded in a missile attack by Daesh in Syria.

The pair were embedded with Kurdish fighters, at least one of whom was killed in the attack

They were airlifted away for treatment after the attack, which is said to have occurred in the village of Shaafa in eastern Deir el-Zour province on Saturday. British special forces are known to be on the ground in northern Syria, although the British government, which has not commented on the attack, does not provide details about their presence.

The injuries would be the first known casualties sustained in Syria by Western coalition forces since president Donald Trump announced last month he was pulling out 2,000 US troops. His abrupt decision surprised allies and angered his own national security advisers who disagreed with his claim that Daesh had been defeated.

US defence secretary Jim Mattis resigned shortly after.

The Syrian Democratic Forces captured the last town held by Daesh in Syria last month, but the militants still hold small pockets of territory in Deir el-Zour.