Russia, Syria Mistakenly Bomb US-backed Syrian Fighters

Posted March 02, 2017

Russian aircraft mistakenly struck USA -backed forces in northern Syria, a us general said Wednesday.

Russian and Syrian forces "accidentally" bombed US -backed fighters in Syria on Tuesday, killing some Syrian rebels, a top USA general said Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that the U.S. has provided exact coordinates of the US-backed opposition forces in the region to Russian military and the information was "taken into account". "It's a very hard and complicated area" in which to operate.

The US General also informed that US soldiers were just five kilometers away from the spot and the bombing stopped when US soldiers informed Russians on special hotline.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. However, there were a few casualties reported from the Syrian Arab Coalition. "The ISIS fighters withdrew, and the Syrian Arab Coalition fighters advanced into those villages", the general explained.

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Foreign Policy traveled to northern Syria late last month with Townsend and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel, who were checking in with local SDF commanders and the U.S. Special Forces training Arab and Kurdish forces for the Raqqa fight.

The top United States commander overseeing the counter-ISIS mission in Iraq and Syria downplayed the chances Wednesday of the US deploying a large number of troops to the region, as President Donald Trump weighs routes to speed up the campaign.

An analysis from the Institute for the Study of War Wednesday said if the Turks moved on Manbij, it would "derail the US -backed campaign against ISIS and create opportunities for al Qaeda to expand further in Syria".

Townsend said the bombings occurred south and east of al-Bab. He said the US leaves it to partnered forces to report on casualties they may suffer.