Syria: US troops open fire on locals in northeast, killing 1

Syrian media and activists say a Syrian was killed and another wounded in a rare clash between American troops and a group of government supporters in northeast Syria. (MGN)
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DAMASCUS (AP) Syrian media and activists say a Syrian was killed and another wounded in a rare clash between American troops and a group of government supporters in northeast Syria.

They say the group tried to block a U.S. convoy driving through a village in northeast Syria.

Syrian state media says the locals pelted the U.S. convoy with stones and took down a U.S. flag from one vehicle when American troops fired live ammunition and smoke bombs.

The U.S.-led coalition said its patrol came under small arms fire from unknown individuals at the checkpoint and returned fire in self-defense.

Russian, Turkish, and American forces have all been drawn into Syria's civil war.