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US apologized to President Bashar Al-Assad for killing troops: Russian FM Sergey Lavrov

By Tajuddin
Sep 25th, 2016
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington

Moscow, Russia ( Anadolu Agency + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday Washington apologized to President Bashar Al-Assad following the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrike on Syrian regime’s military base on Sept. 17 that left dozens of soldiers dead.

According to a Russian state-funded television Russia Today, Lavrov confirmed Washington offered its apologies to Assad via Russia.

The Russian foreign minister added it was hard to believe the intelligence of U.S.-led coalition forces had forgotten locations in Deir ez-Zour, eastern Syria, where an airstrike left 62 Syrian regime soldiers dead.

It is “very hard to believe that reconnaissance officers of the U.S.-founded coalition that is fighting Islamic State [Daesh] on the whole Syrian territory could forget about who is located where,” he said, according to Russia Today.

Russian Ministry of Defense said U.S.-led coalition forces had used two F-16s and two A-10 fighter jets to carry out the attack on Syrian regime forces.

Turkish military hits 54 Daesh targets in N Syria

Turkish military has hit 38 Daesh targets with 101 artillery howitzer rounds and destroyed 16 other targets by carrying out jet strikes in northern Syria, the military announced Saturday.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said jets had carried out air campaigns against Daesh as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield in El Mutmainah, Ziyadah, Tal Atiyah, El Athariyyah and Sandarah, destroying 16 targets, including 12 buildings.

Saturday marked the 32nd day of Operation Euphrates Shield, which began last month and saw the Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish military, take control of the city of Jarabulus from Daesh.

A total area of more than 900 square kilometers (347 miles) have been cleansed of terrorists in northern Syria, according to the Turkish army.

Turkey has said Operation Euphrates Shield is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by terror organizations, especially Daesh.

The operation is in line with the country’s right to self-defense borne out of international treaties and a mandate given to Turkey’s armed forces by its parliament in 2014, which was extended for another year in September 2015.

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