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John of Phoenix
04-13-2017, 01:17 PM
The most dreaded danger of combat - killing friendlies.

An airstrike that was meant to target ISIS in Syria instead killed 18 Syrian Democratic Forces personnel because it was "misdirected," U.S. Central Command said Thursday.

The strike Tuesday by an aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition was called in by American allies, the U.S. military says. It adds that the coalition is now studying what went wrong to prevent similar mistakes in the future.

"The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position," the command said in a statement about the April 11 attack. "The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position."

Central Command said the coalition extends its "deepest condolences" to members of the SDF and their families, adding that members of that force "have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident."

The strike took place south of Tabqa, Central Command says. That city is roughly 30 miles west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/13/523746461/misdirected-air-strike-by-u-s-led-coalition-kills-18-allies-in-syria

oznabrag
04-13-2017, 01:25 PM
It's almost as if Moronic Degradation is contagious!

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
04-13-2017, 01:27 PM
Damn.:(

SKIP KILPATRICK
04-13-2017, 01:49 PM
Truly terrible!

At least it wasn't a wedding party, funeral or hospital this time!

(note: Bitter sarcasm is present in this post)

https://www.thenation.com/article/us-has-bombed-least-eight-wedding-parties-2001

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukaradeeb_wedding_party_massacre

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deh_Bala_wedding_party_airstrike

https://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/11/us_backed_saudi_forces_bomb_yemeni

http://www.vox.com/2015/10/5/9454575/kunduz-us-bombing

www.rense.com/general26/brideandgroomkilled.htm (http://www.rense.com/general26/brideandgroomkilled.htm)