MON 23 - 9 - 2019
Sep 3, 2019
The Daily Star
Russia says U.S. strikes Syria's Idlib, puts ceasefire at risk: reports
MOSCOW: The Russian military said the United States carried out air strikes in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone in breach of previous agreements, inflicting numerous casualties and endangering a ceasefire, Russian news agencies reported Sunday.
TASS news agency, citing the Russian defence ministry, said the United States had forewarned neither Russia nor Turkey about the strikes. It added that Russian and Syrian warplanes had not carried out raids in the region recently.
On Saturday the U.S. Central Command, part of the Department of Defense, had said that U.S. forces struck an al-Qaeda facility north of Idlib in Syria in an attack aimed at the organisation's leadership.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes pounded bases belonging to extremist fighters in Syria's northwest. The UK-based monitor said the strikes, near the town of Maarat Misrin in Idlib province, killed more than 40 militants, including some commanders.
Interfax news agency cited Russian military as saying that the United States carried out air strikes in the region between Maarat Misrin and Kafer Haya in Idlib Saturday.
U.S. air strikes have hit a number of Nusra commanders in northwest Syria in recent years.
Russia's defence ministry on Friday said that Syrian government forces would carry out a unilateral ceasefire in the de-escalation zone on Saturday morning.
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment
Enter the security code below
Can't read this?
Strikes on Iran-backed fighters in Syria
Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria talks
Daesh leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades
Assad issues amnesty reducing crime punishment
Air raids kill first civilian in Syria's Idlib since truce
Kurdish-Arab power struggle in northeastern Syria
A U.S. ally in Syria confronts new threats
United States still needed in Syria
From Syria to Sudan, the myth of climate wars
Syrian Refugees Won’t Be Going Home Any Time Soon
Copyright 2019 . All rights reserved