Russia accused the US of backing ISIS after the alleged strike on up to 80 Russia-backed troops
The US military said they believed coalition jets were targeting Islamic State positions in north-eastern Syria.
But this was refuted by the Russian government, who claimed the attack on Syrian military personnel and vehicles near Deir al-Zor airport played right into ISIS’ hands.
The airstrike allegedly killed up to 80 Syrian army soldiers
** “We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State” – Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman **
The Russian foreign ministry blasted the US for “defending Islamic State”.
A spokeswoman said: “We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State.
A US military official said he was “pretty sure” targets mistakenly hit in the bombings were Syrian forces.
But a spokesman added that “coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit” and the strikes had been carried out after days of tracking potential targets.
The evil jihadist group’s propaganda agency Amaq claimed they had overrun the Syrian army position after the strike.
But Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s men later said they had re-taken the outpost.
It is hoped the ceasefire could help put a stop to more than five years of conflict in Syria
The ceasefire – between Syrian regime forces and US-backed Syrian rebels and supported by the Kremlin and Washington – took effect on Monday and there has been a marked reduction in violence across Syria.
But the relative quiet has been marred by outbreaks of violence, with Russia accusing the US of backing rebel groups that had increased the shelling of civilian areas.
By FRASER MOORE