Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pentagon Blamed ‘Unintentional’ Human Error That Led to Airstrikes On Syrian Troops In September

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New York Times: ‘Unintentional’ Human Error Led to Airstrikes on Syrian Troops, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Tuesday blamed “unintentional” human mistakes for the American-led airstrikes in September that killed dozens of Syrian government troops. The attacks were conducted under the “good-faith belief” that the targets were Islamic State militants, according to the official inquiry.

The investigation, led by an Air Force general, concluded that the strikes did not violate the law of armed conflict or the rules for the American military. Danish, British and Australian forces also participated in the strikes.

“In my opinion, these were a number of people all doing their best to do a good job,” said Brig. Gen. Richard A. Coe, the officer who led the investigation.

At the time, the Russians, who have been working closely with the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to fight the Islamic State and other rebels, said the attack had killed 62 Syrian troops and wounded more than 100.

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WNU Editor: This explains why the Russians are not buying this story .... RAF failed to pass on warning from Russia about Syria airstrikes: Putin's officials had to wait for 27 minutes on a hotline before they could warn jets were targeting regime soldiers and not ISIS (Daily Mail).

More News On The Pentagon Blaming ‘Unintentional’ Human Error That Led to Airstrikes On Syrian Troops In September

Investigation: 'Confirmation bias,' mistakes led coalition to mistakenly bomb Syrian troops -- Air Force Times
Accidental strikes on Syrian forces were the result of human error, Pentagon investigation finds -- Washington Post
U.S. military blames human error for mistaken coalition airstrikes in Syria -- CBS/AP
Investigation: 'Human Errors' at Fault in Deadly U.S. Airstrike in Syria -- NBC
U.S. Cites Human Error for September Strike on Syria-Aligned Forces -- WSJ
Errors led to coalition strike on Syria forces: Pentagon -- AFP
Syria conflict: US admits mistakes led to strike on state forces -- BBC
US-led Coalition Blames Human Error in Strike on Syria-aligned Forces -- VOA
US airstrike on Syrian troops was ‘unintentional error’ that did not constitute war crime, Pentagon says -- The Independent
U.S.-led strikes on Syrian-aligned troops caused by human error -- UPI
Pentagon Finds Human Errors Led To Strikes On Syrian Government-Aligned Troops -- NPR
Errors led to US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian forces in September -- DW


Andrew Jackson said...

Screw the Russkis!

Caecus said...

The Russian response was to unintentionally bomb an aid convoy in Aleppo.