[pjw] NEWS: UN Security Council meets- US air strike kills Syrian soldiers (Telegraph 9/17)
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When the US began its war on Syria roughly 2 years ago under the guise of
fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), we predicted that at some point the US
would turn its guns on the Syrian government. Russia's presence in Syria
should be a deterrence to such an action, seeing as Russia is still allied
with the Assad government. In the last few days, the US "accidentally"
bombed somewhere between 62 and 83 Syrian soldiers in an area near where
ISIS was located. Russia called an emergency UN Security Council meeting.
It's not really clear from this article what the outcome of the meeting
was, other than the US has expressed regret for the loss of life.
Even with the (now-more-unsure) cease fire agreement in place, it would
not be surprising if the US ticks up its efforts to oust Assad to score
political points back at home.
And, of course, all this is much more complicated by US ally Turkey
bombing and raiding the Kurdish fighters who are also allied with the US
in the fight against ISIS. Confused yet?
There's the "fog of war" and then there's just plain madness, which is
what Syria's been for sometime but it's now multiplied to the "nth"
degree. Such an action-- especially if the next one involves the death of
Russian soldiers/pilots-- could easily ignite the existing global war into
something far, far worse.
Another great reason to join us this Friday the 23rd for the PPRC Friday
Rally marking 2 years since the US war on Syria began (5 PM).
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UN Security Council meets after US-coalition air strike accidentally kills
dozens of Syrian soldiers
* David Millward, US Correspondent 17 September 2016 o 9:40pm
The United Nations Security Council has convened at the behest of the
Russians after dozens of Syrian soldiers were accidentally killed in a
US coalition bombing raid.
It met within hours of the Obama administration expressing its regret
at the strikes on Jabal Therdeh, southwest of the Deir Ezzor airport in
According to Russian estimates 62 soldiers were killed in in the
strikes, which the US said were aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least
83 soldiers lost their lives in the attacks.
The raid took place within days of an agreement between Russia and
America to co-operate in Syria and co-ordinate their efforts against
Isil, following talks between John Kerry, the US Secretary of State and
his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
It was an agreement intended to broker a truce and bring relief to
the stricken population, while limiting fighting to those areas under
the control of Isil.
The co-operation of Russia, which is an ally of the Syrian government,
is crucial for both the international campaign against Isil in one of
its strongholds and bringing peace to the stricken country.
However the American apology failed to satisfy the Russians with their
UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, accusing the US of breaking the
commitments it had made earlier in the week.
"It is significant and frankly suspicious that the United States chose
to conduct this air strike at this time," he said.
"They did nothing when Isil advanced on Palmeira."
However Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, dismissed the
Russians' decision to convene the Security Council as a stunt.
"We halted the attack when we were told by Russia that it was possible
that we were striking some of the Syrian military personnel and
"We are investigating the incident and if we determine that we did
indeed strike Syrian personnel, that was not our intention and we of
course regret the loss of life," she said.
"That said, even by Russia's standards, tonight's stunt, a stunt
replete with moralism and grandstanding is uniquely cynical and
According to one report from Russia's state-run Sputnik news agency,
two F-16s and two A-10s carried out four strikes.
Even though the surrounding area is under the control of Isil, the
Syrian army is in control of the the airport itself and parts of the
According to one Syrian military source the coalition strikes hit two
hilltops near the airport.
"Then, there was machine gun fire on the wounded soldiers and the
paramedics from the planes," he said.
US Central Command (Centcom) said it believed it was striking an Isil
fighting position, adding that it halted the attacks as soon as it was
told by the Russians that it may have been targeting the Syrian
"The location of the strike is in an area the coalition has struck in
the past, and coalition members in the Combined Air Operations Centre
had earlier informed Russian counterparts of the upcoming strike.
"Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias
in close proximity, but coalition forces would not intentionally strike
a known Syrian military unit," Centcom added.
The Syrian army general command said the air strike was "conclusive
evidence" of US support for Isil.
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