Rus­sia ac­cused of raid on US-backed forces in Syria

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

BEIRUT: The US-led coali­tion says Rus­sian forces bombed Amer­i­can-backed fight­ers bat­tling ISIS in east­ern Syria, de­spite de­nialss from Moscow.

The strike e was re­ported by y the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces, a Kur­dish and Arab al- liance backed d by Wash­ing­ton.

The SDF said Rus­sian war­planes bombed its fight­ers, though Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary spokesman de­nied that. “This is not pos­si­ble. Why would we bomb them?” mil­i­tary spokesman Igor Konashenkov told AFP at Hmeimim, Moscow Moscow’s s air oper­a­tions base in Syria in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad’s gov­ern­ment. A later state­ment b by the coali­tion read: “R “Rus­sian mu­ni­tions im im­pacted a lo­ca­tion k known to the Rus­sians to con­tainco Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces and coali­tion ad­vis­ers. Sev­eral SDF fight­ers were wounded and re­ceived med­i­cal care.”

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