Washington Post: U.S. admits carrying out airstrike that Russia says killed 62 Syrian soldiers
A U.S. airstrike, targeting what were thought to be Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, instead hit Syrian military positions Saturday, killing what Russia and the Syrian government said were 62 soldiers and injuring about 100.
The U.S. Central Command acknowledged the strike, saying it was “halted immediately” when U.S. forces were informed by Russia “that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.” The command statement said Russia had been notified beforehand as a “professional courtesy” that U.S. aircraft would be in the area, but U.S. officials said no reply had been received.
A U.S. Defense official said the strike “appears to be an intelligence failure.”
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WNU Editor: This is as bad as it can get. If these were Russian troops .... there will be U.S. - Russian shooting war over the skies of Syria tonight. Where we stand now .... the Russian government believes these soldiers were deliberately targeted .... ‘US is defending ISIS’: Russia convenes UNSC meeting after US coalition strike on Syrian army (RT). There is going to be blow-back from this.
Update: reports are now saying that 80 Syrian soldiers were killed, and an indeterminate number injured .... US airstrikes at Syrian army kill 62 servicemen — spokesman (Sputnik).
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