Russia accuses the U.S. of helping ISIS following mistaken airstrike

Russia has called the actions of the U.S “suspicious” in the wake of a mistaken bombing raid that resulted in the deaths of 62 Syrian soldiers.

Australian RAAF planes were involved in the US-led bombing raid, that has exacerbated  tensions between the United States and Russia.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has condemned the incident as criminally negligent, suggesting that Washington has helped ISIL militants.


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“It is quite significant and frankly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular airstrike at this time.

“Why would all of a sudden the United States choose to help the Syrian armed forces defending Deir ez-Zor?”, he said.

US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has denied this claim, saying that while the incident is devastating, Moscow is simply trying to cause trouble.

While it’s unconfirmed that the Australian RAAF Hornets were responsible for dropping the bombs, Defence has released a statement apologizing for the incident.

“Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident.

“As Australians would expect, the US-led Coalition will review this incident thoroughly and Australia will cooperate fully with this review,” the Defence said.