US says it may have struck Syrian troops
The U.S. military says it halted an air raid against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria after being told by Russia that it might have struck Syrian government forces.
The U.S. Central Command statement was issued late Saturday, after Syria and Russia said the U.S.-led coalition had struck a Syrian military base in Deir el-Zour that is surrounded by IS militants, enabling them to advance.
The statement says "the airstrike was halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military."
It says "coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit."
The U.S. is not known to have directly struck Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces at any point during the five-year civil war.
A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Syria reported 62 Syrian were killed and 100 wounded in a strike carried out by coalition F-16s and A-10s.