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CENTCOM has no intention to quibble over who hit Menbij yesterday

Ilhan Tanir

Press Office of CENTCOM, in an email message to Washington Hattı, made it clear that US does not want to quibble with the Russian MoD over who stroke around Menbij yesterday.

Earlier Wednesday, a US commander accused Russian and Syrian jets of bombing US-backed fighters in Syria. The incident was due to wrong information designating the targeted areas held by IS, the US official alleged.

“We had some Russian aircraft and [Syrian] regime aircraft bomb some villages that I believe they thought were held by ISIS,” US Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told a Pentagon news briefing on Wednesday

Neither Russian nor Syrian air forces had bombed positions of Syrian Arab coalition fighters supported by Washington in Syria on Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said, rejecting accusations put forward by a US military commander.

“To avoid any incidents, the US representative has provided exact coordinates of the US-backed opposition forces in the region to a Russian officer,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the information was “taken into account” by the Russian military.

“Not a single air strike on the regions specified by the US side was conducted by Russian or Syrian air forces,” the statement said.

When Washington Hatti has contacted with the Pentagon seeking further comments after Russian MoD rejection, CENTCOM’s CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Office, in an email, stated: “We have no intent to expand on it at this time. The event happened on the battlefield, was discussed in the de-confliction channel that we maintain with the Russians, and we all continue fighting ISIS, an enemy that threatens us all.”

 

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