If you thought the US was alone in their support of ISIS, then think again.
The US air strikes on the Syrian army, killing 62 soldiers, injuring over 100, and helping ISIS fighters advance to take over a key airport in Deir Ezzor, was not a solo mission. It was a “coalition” effort.
A coalition effort to provide air support to ISIS. The countries that are fighting along side ISIS, with the goal to remove Assad are:
- The United Kingdom
Britain’s military has admitted involvement in an airstrike in eastern Syria which reportedly killed over 60 Syrian Army troops. Subsequent reports suggest a Reaper drone may have been used.
The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on Monday that it had been involved.
A UK Ministry of Defense spokesman said:
“We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the coalition investigation”
“The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”
— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016
Of course the UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units, would they? A coalition mistake, keep calm and move on. No further comment.
Denmark’s Defence Command admitted it too was involved in the deadly, and illegal, air strike on Syrian soldiers…
“Two Danish F-16s participated along with other nations’ aircraft in these attacks. The attack was immediately stopped when a report from the Russian side said that a Syrian military position had been hit.”
“It is of course unfortunate if the coalition mistakenly struck anything other than ISIL forces.”
How unfortunate that Syrian soldiers fighting ISIS were killed…allowing ISIS to advance its position. A coalition mistake, keep calm and move on. No further comment.
RT further reports…
The Russian Defense Ministry said 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.
“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.
UK airstrikes have been officially carried out as part of Operation Shader in Syria since a vote in favour in December 2015. A previous vote in 2013 did not authorize air strikes.
UK forces have been operating from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.
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