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Damascus Says US-Led Coalition Is Bombing Syrian Troops, Not ISIS

Assad's government has accused the US-led coalition of targeting Syrian army positions


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Although it will be easy for the United States to deny, the latest accusations from Damascus sound not only plausible, but almost obvious

Syrian President Bashar Assad's government accused the U.S.-led coalition of bombing an army camp and killing three soldiers. A spokesman for the coalition denied the claim on Monday.

<figcaption>Just for the record: Any NATO plane operating in Syria is a violation of international law.</figcaption>
Just for the record: Any NATO plane operating in Syria is a violation of international law.

The Syrian government said three soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded in the attack, which it called an act of aggression. The jets fired nine missiles at the camp in Deir el-Zour province on Sunday night, Syria's Foreign Ministry said in a statement flashed on state television.

It is the first publicly declared incident of its type since the United States and allied countries began bombing the ISIS in Syria more than a year ago.

Syria's foreign ministry sent letters to the U.N. secretary general and to the head of the U.N. Security Council condemning the "flagrant aggression ... which goes firmly against the aims of the U.N. charter," state news agency SANA said.

It urged the United Nations to take "immediate action and take the necessary measures to prevent a repeat" of the incident.

But Col. Steven Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, denied the government's claim. "We did not hit them," he added.

The US and its allies could be bombing sand dunes for all we care — it would still be a bold-faced violation of international law. NATO does not have any kind of international mandate, or even the flimsiest legal footing, for bombing anything in Syria. Period. The very fact that US warplanes are operating in Syria is criminal

It's amazing how presumptuous the west has become: "We have the right to invite ourselves to bomb any nation of our choosing, for any reason." Is this really a sustainable international order?

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