US-led strike on 'Syrian army post' prompts UN meeting

    US-led strike on 'Syrian army post' prompts UN meeting

    Sept.18, Aleppo: US-led coalition air strikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers on Saturday, endangering a US-Russian brokered ceasefire and prompting an emergency UN Security meeting as tensions between Washington and Moscow escalated.

    The United States military said the coalition stopped its strikes against what it believed to be ISIL positions in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Saturday after Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit.

    If confirmed, it would mark the first known direct American strike on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Russia said 62 Syrian soldiers were killed and at least 100 more wounded in strikes by "warplanes from the international anti-jihadist coalition".

    The Russian military said two F-16 and two A-10 jets flew into Syrian air space from neighbouring Iraq to carry out the strikes.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group gave a toll of 83 soldiers killed, as it confirmed the strikes were US-led coalition raids.

    A US military official speaking to the AFP news agency also appeared to confirm the attack, saying "we believe about a half-dozen vehicles, including what we think was a tank, were struck as well as personnel who were out in the open".

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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