On Monday morning, a Russian missile struck the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Palmyra countryside, killing 17 soldiers and wounding 26 others during a fierce battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

According to a battlefield correspondent that is embedded with the Syrian Armed Forces in the Palmyra countryside, the Russian missile hit a group of soldiers from the Syrian Marines, killing the entire unit and their commander ‘Ali Rahmoun.

The friendly-fire took place near the Palmyra Triangle, where the Syrian Armed Forces are currently advancing amid fierce resistance from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.

The incident was not intentional; however, poor coordination was cited as the reason for the friendly-fire that killed 17 Syrian Marines.

Several western publications reported that ISIS killed 26 Syrian soldiers in Palmyra today; this is incorrect – the majority of the casualties today came as a result of friendly-fire.

The Syrian and Russian armed forces have yet to comment on this matter because of the ongoing investigation.

 

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British UK
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British UK
2016-03-21 17:48

I hope the investigation reveals what went wrong so it doesn’t happen again…That was a huge loss of life, a very costly mistake :(((

Dr. James L. Padgett
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Dr. James L. Padgett
2016-03-21 23:40
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Mistakes like this happen unfortunately. No one would be feeling worse than those who made the critical error.

Dennis Khan
Dennis Khan
2016-03-21 17:51

s**t happens.ISIS are Rejoicing by now.

k_SPb
k_SPb
2016-03-21 17:52

Это достоверная информация? Как такое могло случиться? Это ужасно! Виновные должны ответить.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer
2016-03-21 17:59

The brave soldiers have died for their country. RIP .
We should also have the Russian Pilot in our thoughts as well as he will be mortified.

RusMus
RusMus
2016-03-21 18:57
Reply to  FlorianGeyer

Idiot.

Lee Jay Walker
Lee Jay Walker
2016-03-21 18:35

This is truly tragic …. brave Syrian soldiers killed in such a tragic way ….

Komünist Şirin
Komünist Şirin
2016-03-21 19:59

during the gulf war heard many Times usaf hit their ground forces but for russians this is thefirst event since began the war

Myles Keep-Stothard
Myles Keep-Stothard
2016-03-21 23:47

Not good, but don’t forget this is less than 0.5% of Syrian ground forces currently engaged in the Palmyra front, Russian bombing saves many more Syrian lives by preventing ISIS ambushes on advancing SAA.

SyrianMilitaryCap.
SyrianMilitaryCap.
2016-03-22 00:32

it was an ISIS SVBIED ,and this was not the first time

Rami Bahram
Rami Bahram
2016-03-21 18:23

Ghassan Al-Assad

Ghassan Al-Assad
Ghassan Al-Assad
2016-03-21 19:09
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Thank you bro

إبراهيم الحسيني
إبراهيم الحسيني
2016-03-21 20:45

@ArtWendeley 27

Ali Baba
Ali Baba
2016-03-21 22:31

According AboZain it was SVBIED atack:

https://t.co/gLOyQ2ZiN3

Dr. James L. Padgett
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Dr. James L. Padgett
2016-03-21 23:39

How utterly terrible! May God give great ongoing strength and comfort to each family member and close friend of each Marine whose life was taken.

I am
I am
2016-03-22 06:47

Another media lies

Николай Глов
Николай Глов
2016-03-22 07:14
Дмитрий Кузнецов
Дмитрий Кузнецов
2016-03-22 07:11

written today – it was a bomb planted in a car
https://t.co/FhXBlc38xy

Tartus66
Tartus66
2016-03-22 08:08

Sometimes these are rogue implanted agents or interceptions of communication! stands to reason Allies will do anything to stem the Syrian advances and gee up the terrorists.
Investigation will sort out the issue….very sad RIP brave soldiers.

Dmitry
Dmitry
2016-03-22 08:12

It was a suicide bomber attack. Please change description of the news

stein
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stein
2016-03-22 12:56

some sources say IS VBIED did it.

Diego Fabian Enriquez Betancourt
Diego Fabian Enriquez Betancourt
2016-03-21 17:40

Weak coordination of Russia, i hope that be the last time.

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-03-21 17:37

Bad friendship…

Syrial Stawlker
Syrial Stawlker
2016-03-21 23:58

I see Syrias fortunes been Reversing the last 10 days ever since & Starting with the Russian withdrawal announcment …. it seems setbacks happening everyday , something’s just Not right .