Syria: 18 US-allied rebels killed by a misdirected US-led coalition airstrike

Syria: 18 US-allied rebels killed by a misdirected US-led coalition airstrike

US-led coalition forces misdirected airstrike has mistakenly killed 18 members of a rebel militia which is the coalition force of US in Syria war against ISIS militants.

“The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position,” the Pentagon said

Coalition forces having a regret over the misdirected attack, and said that it will ensure to avoid such attacks in future, “The coalition’s deepest condolences go out to the members of the SDF and their families. The coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident,” Central Command said in a statement. “The coalition is assessing the cause of the incident and will implement appropriate safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

Kurdish force stated, “In the zone of military operations around Tabqa, as the result of a mistake, a painful incident occurred, and as a result we lost a number of martyrs and have several wounded.”

“The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position. The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position,” the US Central Command said in a statement on Thursday.

“The coalition’s deepest condolences go out to the members of the SDF and their families. The coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident.”

U.S. Army Col. Joe Scrocca, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the coalition said, “The coalition takes each of these incidents very seriously but we do not keep cumulative data on them like we do civilian casualties because they happen so infrequently.”

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