Monday, 19 September 2016

Australian involvement in attack on Syrian army

I have not seen much coverage of this in Aul/NZ media. In fact I've seen little coverage of this at all - but I've got better things to do with my time than to bother with local media.
Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen
Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

19 September, 2016

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

"As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued 

We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment," Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper. 

 The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria "desirable." Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. 

The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent

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