“A shameful and cowardly act by the US Air Force, a day of national disgrace
[GD] “Syrian officials including the Minister of Justice… told VT that US planes launched from Iraq, including A10 and F16s, attacked Syrian Army positions near the Der Ezzor airport, killing 80 and wounding up to 100. Russian Ministry of Defense officials have confirmed the story, a massive violation of the cease fire. The attack was followed up by an ISIS ground offensive showing clear signs of coordination and a strong likelihood that US Army Special Forces are on the ground coordinating air cover with ISIS deep inside Syria. G]
[article] “Even if the bombardment of the Syrian government troops was a mistake, it’s still a consequence of Washington’s unwillingness to coordinate its anti-terror efforts with Moscow, the [Russian Defense] ministry said.
“The Defense Ministry also confirmed a report by SANA that an ISIL offensive began right after Syrian Army positions were hit from the air. The actions of the coalition “clearly paved the way for ISIL terrorists to attack the position and take control of it”…”
“Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakhavrova said of the attacks, “If earlier we had suspicions that the Nusra Front is protected this way, now after today’s airstrikes on the Syrian army we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: the White House is defending IS (Islamic State or Daesh).”
“The ceasefire brokered between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was promising because it called for the two countries to coordinate airstrikes and came replete with a call by the United States for the rebels to disband from their al-Nusra allies. However, the rebels have refused to remove themselves from the ranks of the al-Nusra Front and have intensified rather than stopped their armed assault against Syrian Army forces in the days since the ceasefire went into effect on September 12.”
[JA] “As Jim W. Dean likes to say, you simply can’t make this stuff up. The United States Central Command got caught bombing the Syrian army in violation of the ceasefire agreement. They obliterated at least 80 Syrian servicemen in the process. What is the response from the US military officials? Get this: it was an accident!… They added that their intended target was ISIS. Complete balderdash.
[Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria] ““The United States didn’t reply to any of our appeals containing information on ceasefire violations by US-controlled armed groups. Moreover, the US side declines telephone conversations, including those planned in advance, as it happened yesterday. This indicates that the United States does not control the situation in Syria and is not ready to take steps to force US-controlled militants to implement ceasefire.
“Five days into the truce, we can say that only the Russian and Syrian sides have fulfilled their commitments. The United States and the so-called moderate groups under their control have not fulfilled a single obligation.”