U.S.-Led Coalition Says It Meant to Attack Islamic State, Not Syrian Army

Smoke ascends after a Syrian military helicopter allegedly drops a barrel bomb over Daraya on February 5, 2014

The BBC reports: The US-led coalition has admitted its planes carried out an attack in eastern Syria that the Russian army says killed at least 62 Syrian troops fighting IS.

The US said its planes halted the attack in Deir al-Zour when informed of the Syrian presence and would not knowingly strike them.

The strikes allowed IS jihadists to advance, the Russians said.

…The US Central Command statement said the coalition believed it was attacking positions of so-called Islamic State and the raids were “halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military”.

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