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    Attack on Syrian Army is 'Pentagon’s Attempt to Undermine US-Russia Deal'

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    Former Turkish Consul to Mosul Aydin Selcen commented to Sputnik on the recent airstrike by a US-led coalition against Syrian forces near Deir ez-Zor.

    According to the diplomat, the attack cannot be justified as a "mistake." By conducting the airstrike, the Pentagon, which is opposing the Moscow-Washington agreement on Syria, tried to sabotage the deal.

    "It was also a signal to other regional players to show what kind of 'mistakes' the US could do," he added.

    "Taking into account my work in Iraq and analysis of the recent developments in Syria, I can say that the airstrike is unlikely to have been done by a mistake," Selcen said.

    In fact, Russia raised a question on who is controlling US policy – the White House or the Pentagon.

    "We know that the US military has opposed the ceasefire deal with Russia on Syria. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that this agreement violated the law. This looked like a mutiny within the US government. As I see, the Pentagon made an attempt to sabotage the agreement and undermine Moscow-Washington cooperation before it even started," the diplomat said.

    Moreover, this airstrike could be considered as a signal to other players in Syria.

    "Look how far our power and influence can reach. Each of you should think twice before acting recklessly against us or we could respond with such 'mistakes,'" Selcen said.

    On Saturday, aircraft of the anti-Daesh coalition carried out four airstrikes against positions of the Syrian Army near Deir ez-Zor, leaving 62 personnel dead and some 100 wounded. The Pentagon said the airstrike was a mistake, with the intended target being Daesh forces in the area.


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    • Jammy
      Takes two to make a deal so just why did Mr Putin want a deal with the USA when he knows full well that they are backing ISIS or does Russia realy need help from Turkey just to deal with 20-50,000 ISIS terrorists when he has a army of three million men or more and during WWII 20,000 people a day got killed some days.

      A quick swift response will save lifes, not this slow burn war so how about sending the boys in mr Putin or should we have talks and talks because this looks like 1984 not 2016
    • avatar
      It looks like there's a feud going on between the White House, DHS, and the Pentagon. They're all going forth with their own ridiculous agendas without communicating with each other. The same way they run their foreign policy. Criminals all!
      As I see it, their moves, including this latest fiasco, are no surprise to Putin as he is playing the game six moves ahead of anything Washington can come up with. The ONLY reason for this latest Syrian affront is to try to trick Russia into starting something that can trigger an all out war between the U.S. and Russia, but Putin won't take the bait. He's the ONLY thing standing in the way of WWIII.
      All Washington is trying to do is to start it!
    • Drain the swamp
      It appears the Oduck is lame on both feet !!
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