Russia and Syria are furious over a US airstrike that killed forces loyal to Assad

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US Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of
Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016.


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Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook



A U.S. military strike in Syria on Thursday was “government
terrorism” and caused a massacre, Syrian government negotiator
Bashar al-Ja’afari said on Friday, while Russia called it an
unacceptable breach of Syrian sovereignty.

U.S. officials told Reuters that the U.S. military carried out
the air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the
Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S. forces and
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south.

Ja’afari said he had raised the incident with U.N. mediator
Staffan de Mistura at peace talks in Geneva.

“We discussed the massacre that the U.S. aggressor committed
yesterday in our country. This subject was widely discussed,”
Ja’afari told reporters.

“The important thing is that our political ambition is higher
because we want to focus on fighting terrorism represented by
armed groups and the state and government terrorism happening
against our country.

“This includes the American aggression, French aggression and
British aggression, whether on civilian or military targets.”

The U.S. strike was the second deliberate military attack on
forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In April U.S.
President Donald Trump ordered cruise missile strikes in
retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed
on Damascus.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said the U.S.
action would hamper efforts to find a political solution to the
conflict.


Syria strike mapReuters

“It is utterly unacceptable and a violation of Syria’s
sovereignty,” Russian news agencies quoted him as saying.

“Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in
Syria has an impact on the political process.”

A military source on the Syrian government side said the air
strike had hit “one of our military points”, without elaborating,
Syrian state TV reported.

The strike killed several people and caused material damage, the
source said, saying that this hampered efforts by the Syrian army
and its allies to fight Islamic State.

Gatilov complained about what he said was a separate strike that
had occurred on Wednesday May 17.

“Literally a day before this (Thursday’s strike) a strike was
carried out which resulted in a large number of civilian deaths,
which is also unacceptable,” Gatilov was cited as saying.

The United States has not spoken about any strikes carried out by
the U.S.-led coalition on that date.



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