A boy rides a bicycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Wall Street Journal: Russia Suggests U.S. Drone May Have Hit Aid Convoy in Syria
Military spokesman counters U.S. claim that Russian aircraft were responsible for the strike
MOSCOW—Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday an armed drone belonging to the U.S.-led coalition was in the vicinity of a humanitarian aid convoy that was hit by an airstrike Monday in Syria, countering an assertion by American intelligence agencies that Russian aircraft conducted the strike.
In a televised briefing, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, reasserted that Russia wasn’t responsible for the strike—and indirectly suggested that a pilotless coalition aircraft may have been involved in the incident.
Gen. Konashenkov said a drone had been observed “in the exact place” where the strike occurred, at an altitude of 11,800 feet. The aircraft, he added, was launched from Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey.
“Only its owners can answer the question of what this drone was doing at that exact place and in that specific time, and what instructions it had carried out,” Gen. Konashenkov said.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said there were no American or coalition aircraft, armed or unarmed, in the convoy’s vicinity at the time of the attack.
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WNU Editor: The Pentagon is denying these Russian reports .... Pentagon denies Moscow's claim that US may have bombed aid convoy in Syria (FOX News). What's my take .... if the Russian Ministry of Defense wants to make this stick, they need to put forward the evidence that proves their case. Otherwise this is all talk.
More News On Russian Claims That A U.S. Drone Was In the Air When The UN Syrian Aid Convoy Was Hit In A Military Strike
Syrian Civil War: Russia Accuses US Drone Of Bombing UN Aid Convoy -- IBTimes
Russia says U.S. drone was in area where U.N. convoy was struck in Syria -- Reuters
Russian military says U.S. drone was nearby when Syrian aid convoy hit -- AP
US coalition Predator drone spotted at time & place of Syria aid convoy attack – Russian military -- RT