A senior level member of the Obama administration said that the US expressed regret over the death of 80 Syrian soldiers who were killed in a coalition-led airstrike on Deir-al-Zour. According to the Pentagon, the target of the airstrike was an ISIS post, not the Syrian soldiers.
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The US apologized to Syria for the “unintentional loss of life” that was the result of a coalition-led airstrike on Deir-al-Zour, according to a senior level official in the US government yesterday evening (Saturday). The airstrike in which 80 Syrian soldiers were killed led Russia to call for a UN Security Council emergency meeting.
According to the US Army, the Syrian soldiers were not the target of the airstrike. In a statement, the Pentagon claimed that the target was an ISIS post. According to the statement, the moment the coalition forces understood that they had mistakenly targeted the Syrian Army, the airstrike was ceased. The Pentagon also said that the incident will be investigated.
“The attack is clear evidence indicating that the US is supporting ISIS and other terrorist organizations,” stated the Syrian Army following the attack. The Syrian Army also called the attack “a serious and blatant aggression against Syria and the Syrian Army.”
In light of the airstrike, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry called on the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting, claiming that the US-led attack jeopardizes the ceasefire in Syria. “We arrived at a terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending ISIS,” stated the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement. “There are no doubts about this now. We demand a full and detailed explanation from Washington. This explanation must be given at the UN Security Council.”
Yesterday, JOL reported that the ceasefire in Syria is about to collapse, according to a senior level members of the rebel forces.