At least 80 Syrian soldiers killed in US-led air strike

Casey Mills
September 18, 2016

The air strike killed Syrian soldiers and was "conclusive evidence" that the USA and its allies support the militant group, the Syrian army said in a statement, noting that the strike was "dangerous and blatant aggression".

Damage caused by the strike has allowed the extremists to advance their position onto a hill overlooking the base, according to the Syrian military. It called the strike a "serious and blatant attack on Syria and its military", and "firm proof of the USA support of Daesh (IS) and other terrorist groups".

The statement said coalition aircraft entered Syrian airspace from the Iraqi border. Churkin then said that when Ambassador Power did walk into the emergency session, she said she was not interested in what Russian Federation had to say because it was a "stunt".

"We believe we can not ask them to support a document that they haven't seen".

"We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State", she said.

The clashes were some of the most serious since a U.S. -Russia-brokered cease-fire went into effect this week.

Putin, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Saturday he remained "positive" about the true but lashed out at militants. He said that US Ambassador Samantha Power was speaking to the media at the start of the UNSC emergency session as he made his opening remarks there on Russia's analysis and frustration over the airstrikes in question. The official was not authorized to discuss the notification by name and requested anonymity.

Syrian ally Russian Federation said 62 Syrian soldiers were killed and at least 100 more wounded in strikes by "warplanes from the global anti-jihadist coalition".

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"Although the ceasefire agreement is bilateral, only one side is truly implementing it", defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. He did not identify which country in the coalition they belonged to.

If the strikes were a targeting error, the ministry said the bombings were evidence of Washington's stubborn refusal to coordinate its military action in Syria with Russian Federation. Syria's army controls Deir al-Zor airport and parts of the city which are otherwise entirely surrounded by territory held by Islamic State. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army later recaptured most of the positions it lost to IS.

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USA officials and the International Syria Support Group will go through details of the deal next week on the sidelines of UN General Assembly annual meetings, he added. The U.S. Central Command later released a statement acknowledging the strikes, saying it had warned Russian Federation in advance of the impending strikes in the area.

A US military official in Baghdad said he was looking into the report, which could not be independently corroborated.

"This is a very risky route", he said.

The truce excludes Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda-linked group previously known as al-Nusra Front. Abu Mohammed al-Golani, the leader of the group, condemned the cease-fire agreement in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV aired Saturday.

Although U.S. officials have said the agreement is holding, they acknowledge that humanitarian aid is yet to reach besieged areas and blame the Assad regime for the delay.

Washington has warned Russian Federation that unless aid is delivered to Aleppo, it will not move ahead with the formation of the joint coordination centre.

Forty trucks carrying desperately-needed relief for the divided city of Aleppo waited Friday at a checkpoint at the Turkish border, and the US blamed the Syrian government for the holdup.

Aid convoys for Syria's war-ravaged city of Aleppo were delayed Friday for the fourth day as the United States and Russian Federation, sponsors of a Syria cease-fire deal, traded accusations over who was to blame.

Kerry told Lavrov that Washington "expects Russian Federation to use its influence on the (President Bashar al-) Assad regime to allow United Nations humanitarian convoys to reach Aleppo and other areas in need".

Syrian activists said government forces have meanwhile killed five civilians.

Almost half a million people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since 2011.

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