US-led coalition jets have bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and "paving the way" for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television.Someone in our govt doesn't give a rats ass about killing ISIS. The main focus remains on getting rid of Assad.
The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties and destruction on the ground, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Saturday.
Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike by the US-led coalition, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said, citing information received from the Syrian General Command.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the aircraft which carried out the bombings had entered Syrian airspace from the territory of Iraq.
Four strikes against Syrian positions was performed by two F-16 jet fighters and two A-10 support aircraft, it added.
“If the airstrike was caused by the wrong coordinates of targets than it’s a direct consequence of the stubborn unwillingness of the American side to coordinate with Russia in its actions against terrorist groups in Syria,”Konashenkov stressed.
The Defense Ministry also confirmed a report by SANA that an Islamic State offensive began right after Syrian Army positions were hit from the air.
"Immediately after the airstrike by coalition planes, Islamic State militants launched their offensive. Fierce fighting with the terrorists is currently underway in the area of the airport where for a long a time humanitarian aid for civilians was parachuted,”Konashenkov said.
The Syrian General Command has called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was "conclusive evidence" that the US and its allies support IS militants.
That is disturbing! It indicates that the Neo-Cons have somehow penetrated the US military. I really shouldn't be surprised. The emphasis on forward basing of troops worldwide makes no sense and simply strains the force. The crazy increase in exercises/training missions with allies is also suspect.
But to attack the Syrian Army?
That is risking an escalation that could easily spiral out of control. Oh and did you notice that ISIS launched an offensive in CONJUNCTION with the strike on the Syrian Army?
This whole thing is suspect. I'm looking forward to hear the lie that is told to explain this away. The scary thing is Putin's reaction. He MUST respond. I would expect it from our president if they did this so its a given that he won't sit on his thumbs.
Are we getting a setup for an Oct surprise?