CNN: U.S. jets diverted to Iraq, abandoning Syrian rebels
(CNN)U.S. support jets assisting Syrian rebels diverted to Iraq to strike suspected ISIS militants last week, according to a senior U.S. official, leaving the rebels without badly needed air cover.
"The timing was not ideal," the official said.
One aircraft flying air support missions over Al-Bukamal during the recent fighting there was called off and diverted to strike at a massive convoy of suspected ISIS militants that had been observed to be trying to leave the southern outskirts of Fallujah, according to the senior U.S. official. Several aircraft were diverted from various patrols in different parts of Iraq, but only one was taken away from the Al-Bukamal battle.
The Washington Post first reported the incident.
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