Wednesday, September 21, 2016

U.S. Official Was Not By The Phone When Russia Called Saying That U.S. Jets Were Bombing Syrian Military Forces This Weekend

The Hill: US official wasn't there to answer Russian call on Syria strike

When a Russian military officer tried to notify the U.S. this weekend that its coalition was hitting Syrian forces, the American point of contact was not available immediately, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.

"There was a call from the Russians that was I think a little bit cryptic. We weren't exactly sure what they were saying. We did start to look into it," said Air Force Col. J.T. Thomas, the coalition spokesman for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"They called back and they got more specific, that said, 'Hey, you're hitting regime forces,' and at that point it was about minutes — less than five minutes — that the [U.S.] call to knock it off had been put in place, and the attack ceased," Thomas said.

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Update: Russia Had to Call U.S. Twice to Stop Syria Airstrike (Foreign Policy)

WNU Editor: I guess the U.S. military views communications with the Russian military on Syria as a low priority.


Bob Huntley said...

Along the lines of having Rumsfeld absent and unable to authorize the military to intercept those planes that caused so much damage.

Anonymous said...

Who really cares who we hit? They all deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Deniable wasy to hit Russian interests.