The headquarters of the coalition headed by the USA reported that when hitting the Russian space forces in Syria have suffered not terrorists, and supported by the USA and allies fighters of the “Syrian democratic forces” (SDS).
“At approximately 12:30 GMT (15:30 GMT) 16 September, the Russian forces have hit the target just to the East of the Euphrates river in Syria near Deir-ez-Zor, which affected the strength of the coalition partners”, – the TASS the statement of the headquarters of the military operation against the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), which is in Iraq and Syria group of countries headed by the USA.
The statement also says that the Russian side allegedly knew that in this area there are not terrorists, and the forces of the Syrian opposition, among which there are military advisers from the coalition countries.
The coalition informs that all the injured soldiers of SDS was treated. Victims among the representatives of the coalition there.
Commander of the coalition forces involved in operation Inherent Resolve (“resoluteness”) against ISIS, American Lieutenant General Paul Funk indicated that the channel of communication between the military of the United States and Russia to reduce the potential for conflict in the skies over Syria “continues to work around the clock”.
“We put all our efforts to prevent unnecessary escalation among the forces who believe ISIS is our common enemy,” he said. At the same time, the coalition stressed that retain the right to self-defence.
However, the spokesperson of the defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov denied the information about the attack videoconferencing on the position of the SDS. “It’s impossible. Why do we bomb them?” – said Konashenkov Agency France Press.