The Obama administration apologized after Russian forces said that U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS accidentally struck Syrian Army troops during the ceasefire agreement.
BREAKING: Obama administration official expresses US regret for 'unintentional loss of life' after airstrike on Syrian forces.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 17, 2016
#Syria army command: Syrian forces killed by US-led coalition airstrike, which exposes falsity of US claim it's fighting against terrorism.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) September 17, 2016
Now Russia is calling for an emergency meeting at the U.N. over the airstrikes, exaggerating about the event and accusing Obama of purposely siding with ISIS against Assad:
The United Nations the Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting for Saturday night at Russia’s request to discuss a U.S. airstrike that Moscow says struck Syrian government troops battling the Islamic State group.
The council meeting was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. (2330 GMT).
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Moscow is demanding “full and detailed explanations about whether this was deliberate support of the Islamic State or another mistake.”
Zakharova was quoted by the state news agency Tass as saying that “after today’s attack on the Syrian army, we come to the terrible conclusion that the White House is defending the Islamic State.”
The U.S. military says it halted an air raid against IS in eastern Syria after it was informed by Russia that it might have struck Syrian troops. If confirmed, it would be the first American strike on President Bashar Assad’s forces in the five-year-old conflict.
So it’s one big screw up, basically.
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., was shocked at how Russia made their absurd allegations of America when Assad has committed much worse atrocities.
Her reaction was pretty aggressive:
Her indignation seems rather warranted, but why did it take these morons this long to figure out Putin isn’t a terribly reliable ally in the war against ISIS? Perhaps they need a reset button….