Russia Accuses US Of Defending ISIS, After Pentagon Admits Coalition Jets Killed 62 Syrian Soldiers

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Update 4:  The Obama administration officially expressed it's "regret" for an airstrike that killed Syrian forces with a senior White House official saying "The United States has relayed our regret through the Russian Federation for the unintentional loss of life of Syrian forces."

Meanwhile, the U.S. UN envoy called Russia's request for an emergency Security Council meeting a "stunt."

 

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin responded by saying that the U.S. airstrike that struck Syrian government troops has put "a very big question mark" over the future of the U.S. and Russian-brokered cease-fire agreement in Syria adding that in his decades as a diplomat he had "never seen such an extraordinary display of American heavy-handedness as we are witnessing today."

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Update 3: Russia's foreign ministry says it has "reached the terrifying conclusion" that the US is conniving with the Islamic State. As ABC reportsRussia has called for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council over a U.S. air raid that it says struck Syrian troops battling the Islamic State group. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Moscow is demanding "full and detailed explanations about whether this was deliberate support of the Islamic State or another mistake."

Zakharova was quoted by the state news agency Tass as saying that "after today's attack on the Syrian army, we come to the terrible conclusion that the White House is defending the Islamic State." 

 The U.S. military says it halted an air raid against IS in eastern Syria after it was informed by Russia that it might have struck Syrian troops. If confirmed, it would be the first American strike on President Bashar Assad's forces in the five-year-old conflict. The allegations come as Moscow and Washington are already at loggerheads over a five-day-old Syrian cease-fire, with each accusing the other of failing to fully implement it.

It appears this major diplomatic scandal is only starting to play out. 

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Update 2: it appears that Russia is angry, and has called a UN Security Council session, while reporting that Washington never announced any plans to conduct raids in the region in question:

Update: Centcom has issued a statement admitting the killing of over 60 Syrian troops was a mistake.

 

Earlier:

If the latest news out of Syria are confirmed, one can not only kiss last weekend's so-called "ceasefire" goodbye, but a full blown war may be about to erupt. The reason: moments ago the Syrian Army General Command reported, and shortly thereafter the Russian military confirmed, that US-coalition forces struck the Syrian airbase at Deir el-Zour, killing at least 62 Syrian army troops, "paving the way" for ISIS militants to advance in the fiercely contested area..

According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties and destruction on the ground.

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, confirmed citing information received from the Syrian General Command.

There was no immediate comment from Washington. If confirmed, the attack could be tantamount to an act of war as it would be the first time the coalition has targeted Syrian government forces.  Subsequently, the Pentagon told RT that it is “aware of the reports and checking with Centcom and CJTF (Combined Joint Task Force)."


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister

 Sergei Lavrov walk into their meeting room in Geneva, Switzerland

In a statement Saturday, the Syrian military says the airstrikes caused casualties and damage to equipment, and enabled an IS advance on the hill overlooking the air base. The statement calls it a "serious and blatant attack on Syria and its military" and "firm proof of the U.S. support of Daesh and other terrorist groups." Daesh is an Arabic acronym for IS.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday 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.

"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.

“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. Alternatively, the Syrians - and Russians - may claim that the US coalition attack meant to cripple Syrian army forces, taking the lethal conflict to an entirely new level, one where Syria and Russia are effectively at war with the US coalition.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Assad regime, which recently also garnered the support of Chinese military forces, is preparing for a full-blown escalation: 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.

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Earlier on Saturday, Russia accused the US of being reluctant to take measures to force rebels under its control to fall in line with the terms of the Syrian ceasefire. As RT reported, numerous Russian appeals to the American side remain unanswered, which “raises doubts over the US’s ability to influence opposition groups under their control and their willingness to further ensure the implementation of the Geneva agreements,” senior Russian General Staff official, Viktor Poznikhir, said. Poznikhir also said that the truce is being used by the militants to regroup, resupply and prepare an offensive against government troops.

Last week, Moscow and Washington agreed to influence the Syrian government and the so-called moderate rebel forces respectively in order to establish a ceasefire in the country "over pizza and vodka."  We were skeptical, and for good reason: one week later it appears that not only is the ceasefire over but a whole new phase in the war may have broken out.

Russia has repeatedly alleged that the US is failing to keep its part of the bargain. The US, on its part, has blamed Russia for not pressuring Damascus enough to facilitate humanitarian access to Syria.

Both allegations may now be moot if Russia decides to retaliate against members of the US-led coalition, or directly against US forces.

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junction's picture

Demon master Obama ordered this raid to distract attention from the Hillary double running for president.  The NWO axis of evil now is the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.  Three countries now led by satanists.

silent one's picture

A case of don't look over here, look over there, but having said that, it is ONLY one of the objectives, the ceasefire was a ploy to regroup, etc etc, it is also a direct act of war against Syria by the paedophiles in the USA government.

Dead Canary's picture

The "Hillary double"! I LOVE it.

So, let's see. She's actually in the basement of Walter Reed hospital, hooked up to tubes and machines. The DOUBLE was supplied by George Soros. NEW CONSPIRACY THEORY.

khnum's picture

Actually after seeing some of your voters concern the other day over Trumps kids hunting terradactyls and sabre tooth tigers in Africa Id say the US is so dumbed down its next President might be a CGI hologram

Manthong's picture

Obama and State: “Oops, my bad… so sorry.”.

 

pathosattrition's picture

Russia isn't figured out that ISIS is US-backed? Maybe we've been giving Putin too much credit

BennyBoy's picture

 

 USA breaks many cease fires.

Almost as many treaties it breaks.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

"Mission accompli.... oops, we mean we 'Made A Mistake' <snicker, snicker, snicker, wink wink>"

Occident Mortal's picture

I thought it was common knowledge that IS was manned by Western special forces?

Did we all forget the videos from 3 years ago showing ISIS front lines with the one big guy with a ginger beard and freckles putting down 98% of all the fire?

beemasters's picture

Russia is either late in the game or had deliberately chosen to delay stating the fact WH has been supporting ISIS all along. I believe the latter.

oops's picture

ISRAEL is ISIS. So, of course, the US won't bomb ISIS.
http://goo.gl/l6d22d

jeff montanye's picture

as is your one trick pony right sometimes. and the way things are going, it is right more times than that. your comment is upvote, as it seems to me.  

it's just that it doesn't depend on ancient history and so hard to resist/remove/remember/retaliate religion.  

it's happening in front of our eyes, if we would only see.

Backin2006's picture

The bigger "mistake" is that the Coalition of Chaos is bombing a sovereign country against the will of its lawful government.

Backin2006's picture

Also, for a "mistake" it couldn't have been more strategic as it paves the way for a (theoretically) pro-Washington state in eastern Syria. Deir ez-Zour is the last holdout dot of red in a sea of black.

WordSmith2013's picture

Clearly this was a naked act of war ...
to provke Russia.

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=49558

ACT OF WAR

 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Pentagon Admits Coalition Jets Killed 62 Syrian Soldiers

 

Why to go amigos!

 

Let's just give Syria to Putin......and get the hell out of there.

 

Would it kill you to bring in some Christian refugees? Almost certainly.....they won't be looking to blow us up.

Mr. Universe's picture

No play in the MSM. Instead we get another false fag jack off. What do they have in store for the Muppets this fall?

"No one could have seen it coming"

Supafly's picture

They know.  Don't want to be labeled as conspiracy theorists.  The reaction will be well calculated.  Massive air campaign that has been preplanned is underway in, as ZH'ers say, 3 2 1.

jeff montanye's picture

they do know. but they are inexplicably bad at doing anything about it.

hillary clinton is trying to be elected to the u.s. presidency without having to attend.

wellesley would be pissed.

Keyser's picture

Everyone upstream on this thread questioning Russia and Putin's knowledge of just who created and supports  ISIS either has a short memory or is just fucking ignorant... Putin called out Obama on this topic a long time ago... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbZDyr2LkdI

 

joe90's picture

Putin/Russia knows it.  ISIS in a matter of days took a large portion of Iraq a country with the largest US embassy in the world employing around 15,000 people.  ISIS was able to target senior military and security personnel in their homes in front of their families.  They became "rich" by taking over a "central bank" in Mosul (when 99% of money is digital).  They formed convoys of Toyotas (including the plumber's truck) across the desert all under the watchful all seeing "full spectrum dominant" eye of who?    It was not a mistake, unplanned or unforseen.

CuttingEdge's picture

Syria is a fucking sovereign state, last I looked. A fact the US is too hubristic and arrogant to take heed of.

Putin and Assad should declare Syria a no-fly zone, give all the US special ops cunts training ISIS & co 24H to get the fuck out of Dodge, and turn on that S400 AA system.Anything on radar within Syria's borders gets the treatment thereafter, as well as any non-existant boots on the ground. I cannot fathom why they haven't done it already, tbh - thought they would after Erdogan downed that Russian jet the other month.

And those two aircraft carriers parked off the coast? All of a sudden pretty fucking non-operational.

indygo55's picture

I thought the S400's WERE turned on. Why didn't they shoot the "collition" aircraft down? 

mh505's picture

One does have to wonder what is going on. PCR amongst others says the Russians are too trusting. Would it be possible that the chess-player Putin is losing the game in Syria?

Kidbuck's picture

When Obama's choice is between diaper heads and, say, American embassy staff, diaper heads win every time.

fleur de lis's picture

Anyone who joins American armed forces these days has a death wish.

The entire military is run by unelected, nameless .gov employees who cannot be fired.

They use and abuse military personnel like disposable and replaceable pawns.

And they have no loyalty to America, nor the Constitution, nor even the military lives they gamble away like chips.

They hold multiple passports in case things go south and they need to bug out.

cowdiddly's picture

its not the first time the U. S. has bombed the SAA, not even close. In fact this is the 2nd time they have bombed this same town Deir Ezzor in coordination with an ISIS attack, This time with outlawed phosphorous bombs with 4 different planes and radar jamming equipment on full to block the radars that would not be needed for fighting terrorist. Also Israeli jets bombing SAA at the same time on the other side of the country

Congratulations Nig in the White House. You have shown your true colors to the Russians, who were trying to work with you to end this in a ceasefire you in fact requested to try and give you some face to this disaster you created and clean it up a bit before you leave office..

Good Luck in ever getting them to talk to you about anything again. This things volume just went 11 and you have only 2-3 months left and could have played golf. But you would rather start WWIII and support a Muslim Jihad. The whole world seen it. " little gay pantie waist cheapshot heard round the world"

You Muslim scumbag dickhead nigger you Send Malia to your fucking Jihad. disgusting

WorkingClassMan's picture

What a stupid name..."malia."  Sounds like a disease related to malaria.

BullyDog's picture

Be a real shame if US planes accidently got shot down by ISIS troops who stole s400's or something.

Zero Point's picture

Sounds like something Shaniqua would name her fetal alcohol syndrome.

jeff montanye's picture

yet you remind me of aisha, muhammad's married at 6. consummated at 9 best bride, after his first wife (who was his financier).  somehow the part about dudes get three wives had to wait until that lady died.  

after that aisha was the one - 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aisha

Stinkbug 1's picture

Yeah.  The prefix "mal" in front of any name or word means "BAD".... i.e. maladjusted, etc. You'd think they would've at least consulted a dictionary before hanging a name like that on anyone.  Typical though.

jeff montanye's picture

thank you mallory, or is it malcolm?

True Blue's picture

Malaria literally means "bad air" Mal=bad (malinvestment, maligned, malfeasance etc.)

Should have just named her 'Latrina' and have done with it.

Meanwhile... is calling Russia's request for an emergency Security Council meeting a "stunt."

^That is priceless^ after Colon Powell's speech to the UN seeking Woar in the ME that was nearly a line for line, shot for shot ripoff of Adlai Stevenson's Cuban Missile Crisis speech to the same august (snicker) body.

jeff montanye's picture

don't care for your second sentence transition but the second half is strong.

isn't it lovely that a. stevenson managed not to turn the air bad?

extra credit (guilty) points for colon.

 

Blankone's picture

Is one to believe Putin and the Russians were so stupid they did not know who they were dealing with?

I thought Putin was susposed to be a bright former KGB person.  Putin did not notice the history of failures to abide to agreements?

Why take Putin serious?  They shot down his fighter jet, took down his airliner, put troops on the ground in Syria and fly into Syria (ignoring Putin's airforce and S400's) and kill Syrians.  Putin complains it's just not fair.  And nothing more.

It is more likely that Putin has made agreements for the dividing of Syria and is pretending to be upset.  Either way Putin has betrayed yet another country.

If Putin is not party to this game, if he and the Russian elite are not co-conspirators, then in due time Russia will be alone.  And then Russia will wish they had found the backbone to support their former allies.

 

TheReplacement's picture

Putin would prefer to expose US .gov support for terrorism and all the other malodious things it does to the world.  Peel off allies like Turkey and the Philipines one at a time until there are almost none of consequence left.  Let the US bleed itself dry defending the crumbling empire versus bleed Russia dry defeating it.  There is an important distiction in the two ways of thought. 

I believe Putin to be a true patriot of Russia.  He will not sacrifice Russian lives unnecessarily.

cowdiddly's picture

Leaving this little snippet right about here seems appros

On her Facebook page, Zakharova wrote that, instead of rubbing shoulders with al-Nusra Front terrorists and the so-called “moderate opposition” in Syria, Power should go there to meet ordinary Syrians who are still alive “despite the almost six-year-old bloody experiment being staged on them with Washington’s active participation.”

Zakharova added that she has been regularly communicating with members of the Syrian opposition, with orphans, who come to rest and receive medical treatment in Russia, and with journalists. She invited Power to travel to Syria and even promised to pay for the trip. “Have no fear. With me by your side, nobody will harm you. You will have things to remember and, besides, you will have a chance to learn what ‘shame’ means,” she wrote. ---That gal Rocks, there is something about her beyond her beauty that makes her some kind of HOT. But we get a nasty ole hag drooling idiot  Powers.

 

indygo55's picture

If a major war breaks out in The ME will we still have the "election"? Hummmm.

running from the law's picture

Obama and whoever is behind him must be thinking that Trump's going to win.  Trump might actually cut a reasonable deal with Putin and stick to it.  It would be more difficult for Trump to stop a war than to avoid one altogether.

Zero Point's picture

I'm amazed they had the balls to bomb soldiers. I thought doctors and their patients were about as tough a target as the US would take on.

DieselChadron's picture

It's almost like there are two totally separate governments running the military: the elected and the non-elected.

For the life of me, I could swear Kerry's putting in a good faith effort to stop the craziness.  And he is Obama's guy.

I've heard rumors that Cheney, Bush1, Rumsfeld and Kissenger still run things behind the scenes.  I just can't see how.  But, I also can't totally discard the rumors either.

Jack&#039;s Raging Bile Duct's picture

Bush 1 isn't running shit from behind the scenes, and hasn't for a long time. When I was younger, pefore my awakening, I naively seized an opportunity to speak with Bush 1 directy and personally at a book signing that exactly zero people showed up to. The traitor was so demented he could barely hold the simplest of conversations. The staff was horribly embarrased and gave me knowning looks when I glanced at them with a confused and alarmed expression. This was mid 2005.

Cheney and Klan are still probably pulling The Deep State strings though. Cheney's probably due for another heart transplant though. His evil already rotted through two or three. Can't be much longer for his current to turn black.

jeff montanye's picture

you make a number of good points, imo.  true (and this cost us at jerry's, if not at the legion), ghw. bush is a spent force. in a sense, he is older than gerald ford, whom he laughed down at his funeral.  google it and be amazed. in my opinion (and i hope i'm a winner/author) he was taken out by the zionists and the banksters for not killing saddam hussein and for jailing the savings and loan conspirators, respectively.

p.s. you mention a media op that exactly zero people showed up to.

well, in a way . . . . study the phones, and hillary at the end.

http://heavy.com/news/2016/09/live-stream-hillary-clinton-rally-in-green...

 

Jack&#039;s Raging Bile Duct's picture

The only reason why I even knew about it was because it was literally being hosted where I worked. I went to meet him during my lunch break, lol.

cheech_wizard's picture

Just watched that video... Just who the fuck is she waving to at the end? The wall?

Standard Disclaimer: Green screen hocus pocus...she never shows up on anyone's cell phones.

TheReplacement's picture

Yeah, Cheney... lol.  Money, not a scowl, buys power and influence.  Follow the money to the source and ask who owns the source.  The answers will expose your owners to you.

TheReplacement's picture

You are probably on the right track but for two things.  The names of the actual hands pulling the strings and Obama not being part of it.  I think his ideas about the world and the US are as dangerous as they are simplistic and doctrinaire but he does as he's told.  He's seen the real JFK film and understands the consequences.