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    Speaking with Sputnik on condition of anonymity, a commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces has dismissed the reports of explosions at the US military base near the town of Ayn Issa as unreliable.

    The commander said that the SDF “conducts training explosions at military bases in the region from time to time.”

    “Thus, we train our future fighters how to neutralize mines and explosives. During the training process, we detonate mines under the supervision of sappers," he said.

    A spokesman for the media relations department, Mustafa Balli, also confirmed to Sputnik that reports of an assault or terrorist attack at the base in Ayn Issa are untrue.

    "If such an incident were to really occur, we would release a statement on the official website of the SDF. Follow the information on our website, if anything happens, we will report it, "he said.

    Earlier, Kurdistan-24 TV channel reported that an explosion had occurred near the French-American military base in the north of the Syrian province of Raqqa. According to the report, the military base is located near the town of Ayn Issa, it hosts 200 American and 75 French servicemen.

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    The Turkish edition of the Kurdistan-24 TV channel also reported, citing local sources, that the possible cause of the incident might be an explosion of munitions.

    The US-led coalition of more than 70 members is conducting military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. The Syrian authorities have repeatedly slammed the presence of US forces in the country.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, when commenting on the joint US, UK, France strike on Syria on April 14 said that the main goal of the US and its allies in Syria is to consolidate its military and economic presence in the country.

    On April 14, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched over 100 missiles at multiple targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta's Douma that reportedly took place on April 7. The Syrian government denied the accusations and said that the Jaysh al-Islam terror group had staged the attack to justify potential foreign intervention in Syria.

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