The US Defense Department has said that it’s strikes against the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor that killed over 80 soldiers in mid-Septemer was an “unintentional error” and did not violate international law.

The Pentagon made the claims in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the US-led coalition had launched the air raids based on wrong intelligence and as it was not a deliberate mistake, it would not constitute a breach of law.

“The evidence showed there was not a deliberate disregard of targeting procedures or the rules of engagement,” the statement said.

The statement then went onto defend the legality of the deadly airstrikes.

“The decision to strike these targets was made in accordance with the law of armed conflict and the applicable rules of engagement,” the statement continued.

“We made an unintentional, regrettable error, based on several factors in the targeting process,” said Richard Coe, US air force brigadier general and the investigating officer.

Coe claimed that during his six-week probe he found “no intent to target Syrian [government] forces”.

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2016-11-30 00:43

BS. The strikes went on 1 hour, ignoring calls from the Russians. They were designed to pave the way for IS into the airport.

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2016-11-30 01:56
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Not so sure of it : if there was a real will to help Daesh, there’d have been much much more ‘ooooppps-strikes’ of this kind and considering the low concentration of governmental forces on the southern border, it’d be much easier and probably also cheaper to ‘give’ TOWs to Daesh, it’d also get very very less “noticed”. According to the results of the investigation I linked, either it was really an error as “s**t happens” or a deliberate will to f**k up a ceasefire in which only Qaeda and their backers had a real interest while it wasn’t the case… Read more »

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2016-11-30 01:58

NB : the aircraft pictured are F-22 Raptor and WW2 P-51 Mustang 😉

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2016-11-30 01:36

Some details, US version, on how things happened : http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/29/politics/us-airstrikes-syria-investigation/index.html?sr=twpol112916us-airstrikes-syria-investigation0733PMVODtopLink&linkId=31710394 Well, some points are very likely to be realistic : SAA is often mixed with militias, technicals are also used, the uniforms are far to be always “standardized” and it includes some high ranking Syrian militaries, i.e. the famous Col. Hassan of the Tiger-Forces who wears the “Real-Tree” camo which is probably one of the best on market but NO (regular) militaries use it : it was created for hunters! BTW, he’d better have all his team using it or use the same fatigues as them : ANY sniper would… Read more »

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2016-11-30 11:34
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If they did it again it would be impossible to pretend ‘ooops’. They tried their best to give IS access to the airport in 1 strike: most of it went on closer to the airport, it was clearly designed to break all lines of defence all the way to the airport itself. TOWs to IS would be very noticeable and IS have very few TOW operators. The operation went on for a long time, involved several nations. It also came right after the transfer of 1000 soldiers to DeZ and amid plans for a big push against Daesh. It stopped… Read more »

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2016-11-30 11:37
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(using airdrop pallets for airborne troops)