The coalition attacks the airport in control of the Syrian army, the attacks kill 80 friendly personnel, Daesh takes over the airport soon after the attack, and the airstrikes stop.
On Saturday, the U.S.-led coalition attacked the Syrian army. The coalition termed it unintentional however, this unintentional attack took the lives of 80 Syrian army personnel. This attack works hugely in favor of Daesh militants paving the way for them to launch a major offensive against the Assad regime forces. Moreover, this attack came only two days after the U.S. and Russia brokered a ceasefire deal and called for coordination of airstrikes in order to prevent inadvertent strikes. One such strike would be the one on Saturday killing 80 Syrian army personnel and clearing the way for Daesh militants to launch an attack of their own.
The coalition launched an attack near the Deir ez-Zor airport and was reported by the Syrian army as such. Later during the day, Russia Defense Ministry confirmed the attacks and killing of 62 servicemen. The same attack injured over a 100 other men. Bouthaina Shaaban, the adviser to Syrian President Assad said,
The moment the American planes struck the Syrian Army, the terrorists came from the same side that the Americans struck, and occupied the place [that] the Syrian army was in. so it was obvious to anyone in the field that there is an absolute coordination between the American planes who shelled the Syrian army and the terrorists who came in place of the Syrian army.
The Russian authorities issued a warning soon thereafter putting the coalition’s attacks to an immediate halt instead of them targeting Daesh militants who took over the airport after the attack. The United States claims that the Syrian army was mistaken for Daesh militants and that the attack was unintentional. Shaaban further said,
I think, you know, it would be very strange if a country like the United States of America, who is supposed to be number one military power in the world, to make such a mistake.
It indeed is unheard of. The coalition attacks the airport in control of the Syrian army, the attacks kill 80 friendly personnel, Daesh takes over the airport soon after the attack, and the airstrikes stop.
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A civil war erupted in Syria in 2011 with the Syrian government fighting off several extremist groups including Daesh (a militant organization outlawed all around the globe). The city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege by the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh) since July of 2014. The recent airstrike against the Syrian forces by the coalition not only allowed the militants to take over the airport, but paved the way for them to launch a major offensive against the government forces which will likely lead to the fall of Deir Ez-Zor. Evidently, the U.S.-led coalition has been busy carrying out offensives against Daesh since September of 2014 without the consent of the Syrian government.
Is the U.S.-led coalition actually launching offensives against Daesh? Or are they airdropping weapons for them all the while eliminating any resistance from the Syrian government?You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.