Syrian Military Forces Hit in ‘Unintentional’ Coalition Airstrike, US Defense Official Says


Posted on: September 17th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A coalition airstrike “unintentionally” hit Syrian regime forces south of Dayr Az Zawr on Saturday, a defense official told ABC News.

“This was unintentional,” the official said to ABC News. “We didn’t intend to hit Syrian regime forces and we don’t intend to.” 

Syria’s military claims at least 62 soldiers were killed in the strike. U.S. officials have not confirmed this claim.

Syria also said the airstrike hit a military base. The U.S. official said they “did not identify it as a Syrian regime base.”

The defense official said the initial airstrike was the beginning of a longer strike, but it was halted immediately after Russians contacted the coalition and said the targets were part of the Syrian military.

The coalition was targeting a collection of vehicles (including at least one tank) and personnel that were believed to be ISIS, the official told ABC News, and the group had been tracked by intelligence for a couple of days.

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Syrian Military Forces Hit in ‘Unintentional’ Coalition Airstrike, US Defense Official Says


Posted on: September 17th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A coalition airstrike “unintentionally” hit Syrian regime forces south of Dayr Az Zawr on Saturday, a defense official told ABC News.

“This was unintentional,” the official said to ABC News. “We didn’t intend to hit Syrian regime forces and we don’t intend to.” 

Syria’s military claims at least 62 soldiers were killed in the strike. U.S. officials have not confirmed this claim.

Syria also said the airstrike hit a military base. The U.S. official said they “did not identify it as a Syrian regime base.”

The defense official said the initial airstrike was the beginning of a longer strike, but it was halted immediately after Russians contacted the coalition and said the targets were part of the Syrian military.

The coalition was targeting a collection of vehicles (including at least one tank) and personnel that were believed to be ISIS, the official told ABC News, and the group had been tracked by intelligence for a couple of days.

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