Russia Accuses US Of Defending ISIS, After Pentagon Admits Coalition Jets Killed 62 Syrian Soldiers
AMERICA stands accused of supporting Islamic State terrorists after a US-led airstrike allegedly killed up to 80 Russian-backed Syrian troops, leaving the tentative ceasefire in tatters.
The US military said they believed coalition jets were targeting Islamic State positions in north-eastern Syria.
But this was refuted by the Russian government, who claimed the attack on Syrian military personnel and vehicles near Deir al-Zor airport played right into ISIS' hands.
We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State
The Russian foreign ministry blasted the US for “defending Islamic State”.
A spokeswoman said: “We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State.
Now there can be no doubts about that.”
A US military official said he was "pretty sure" targets mistakenly hit in the bombings were Syrian forces.
But a spokesman added that “coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit” and the strikes had been carried out after days of tracking potential targets.
The evil jihadist group’s propaganda agency Amaq claimed they had overrun the Syrian army position after the strike.
But Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s men later said they had re-taken the outpost.
The ceasefire – between Syrian regime forces and US-backed Syrian rebels and supported by the Kremlin and Washington – took effect on Monday and there has been a marked reduction in violence across Syria.
But the relative quiet has been marred by outbreaks of violence, with Russia accusing the US of backing rebel groups that had increased the shelling of civilian areas.