US seeks answers over Russian strikes on Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said on Saturday it has questioned Moscow over air strikes against US-backed Syrian opposition forces earlier this week, saying Russian forces failed to heed US warnings to stop the attack.

In a video call with Russian counterparts, the US Department of Defense “expressed strong concerns” about the strikes that hit US-backed Syrian rebels battling Islamic State near the al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq on Thursday, it said in a statement. According to the Pentagon, coalition-backed fighters in Syria were attacked in al-Tanf even though they were part of the “cessation of hostilities,” an agreement aimed at creating a truce in the war-torn country. The attacks continued even after the United States alerted Russian forces, the Pentagon said in the statement following what it called an “extraordinary session” with Russian counterparts.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4817394,00.html

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