Friday, 24 March, 2017

Russian Federation denies accidentally bombing SDF forces in northern Syria

Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows Russian air force Tu-22 M3 bombers strike the Islamic State targets in Syria Monday Jan. 23 2017. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via Russian jets accidentally bombed US-backed forces in Syria: US general
Lance Thomas | 02 March, 2017, 00:12

Russian air forces came close to mistakenly bombing USA troops Tuesday in Syria in the fight against the Islamic State terror group, according to the Army general in charge of us military operation in the region. However, there were a few casualties reported from the Syrian Arab Coalition.

Russian and Syrian regime aircraft on Tuesday bombed villages southeast of Syrian city al-Bab that they thought were held by ISIS, Army Lt. Gen.

"The Russians acknowledged and stopped bombing there", Townsend said.

USA forces were in the area - about three miles away - when the airstrikes took place, though no Americans were hit.

Townsend did not comment on relations with Russian other than to mention that a U.S. Islamic State fighters had been in the area but had left to get away from advancing forces, including rebels backed by Turkey.

The United States and Russian Federation signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding in October 2015 to ensure flight safety during combat missions over Syria. "Everybody should keep their sights focused on ISIS. and not fighting deliberately or accidentally one another".

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The deadly bombing run marks the second time in weeks that Russian planes have bombed friendly forces around al Bab.

Townsend said the incident illustrates how complicated the battlefield has become near al-Bab, which is less than 20 miles from the Turkish border in northwest Syria and was seized from the Islamic State by Turkish-backed forces last month.

"There were US forces in the area", he added. Ilnur Cevik, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan, said on Monday that "without Russia's support, we would not have been able to conduct a successful operation in al-Bab". The Russian warplanes struck several small villages in northern Syria when they mistakenly thought Islamic State forces were in the area.

Details of that plan have not been disclosed, but Townsend said he still believed that fighting "by, with and through our local partners" was succeeding.

Some U.S. military commanders have advocated creating an additional channel involving more senior officers given the close proximity of fighting in Syria.

"There'll be Kurds attacking Raqqa", Townsend said Wednesday.

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