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American airstrike against ISIS accidentally struck Syrian military base

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American warplanes accidentally struck and killed Syrian troops Saturday while carrying out a raid targeting Islamic State terrorists, U.S. officials said.
The wayward strike in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour killed 62 Syrian troops and wounded 100 others at a base surrounded by ISIS fighters, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
The U.S. didn’t confirm those figures, but a senior Obama administration official said the White House has “relayed our regret” for the errant strike.
The episode threatened to torpedo the fragile ceasefire in Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia — and further strain the two nations’ already testy relationship.
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The accidental attack was only hours old when the two sides began openly feuding.
Russia called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council and demanded “full and detailed explanations about whether this was deliberate support of the Islamic State or another mistake.”
Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, went on a blistering tirade against Russia — calling the request for a meeting a “stunt.”
Power said the Russians, who fully support Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, had blood on their hands for stoking the violence in Syria.
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“They’re calling this emergency meeting? Really?” Power said.
A Syrian boy carries a toy gun past a destroyed building in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Sept. 13 as a truce brokered by Russia and the United States saw guns fall silent at sundown the previous night.

A Syrian boy carries a toy gun past a destroyed building in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Sept. 13 as a truce brokered by Russia and the United States saw guns fall silent at sundown the previous night.

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“We regret the loss of life,” Power added, “but since 2011, Assad’s regime have been striking Syrian civilians relentlessly.”
A Syrian military spokesman said the strike destroyed three tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles, four mortars and an anti-aircraft gun, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
The U.S. military insisted the air attack was a mistake.
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“Coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit,” the U.S. military said.
The Syrian military called the strike a “serious and blatant attack on Syria and its military” and “firm proof of the U.S. support of (ISIS).”
The inadvertent strike also allowed ISIS fighters to advance on a hill overlooking the air base — prompting Russian warplanes to swoop in.
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