UK admits its part in Syria Airstrikes

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday claimed that UK drone have been active participants in the airstrikes against a Syrian military airbase in Dayr al-Zawr.

The Ministry also claimed that it is cooperating with the US-led coalition to investigate the incident.

An MoD spokesman said,”We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition airstrike in Syria, south of Dayr al-Zawr on Saturday and we are fully co-operating with the coalition investigation.”

This “coalition” has been carrying airstrikes repeatedly in Syria since 2014 without any coherent authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

The air raids facilitated by the US Air Force and its allies have already caused a war of words between Russia, Syria and the United States.

Russia and Syria accuse Washington of deliberately launching the strikes to help the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group advance in the area.

The Syrian General Command referred to the incident as a “serious and blatant aggression” against the Syrian army, adding that it was also “conclusive evidence” that the US-led coalition is supporting Daesh militants.

Russia also blasted the attack, with Vitaly Churkin, Moscow’s ambassador to the UN, saying that the US airstrikes did not seem to be a mistake.

However, the White House has rejected the accusation, saying the air raids were unintentional.

Australia and Denmark have also announced their aircraft were among a group of Western warplanes that targeted the Syrian forces.

The attack is likely to endanger an already shaky ceasefire deal, which was agreed by the US and Russia and came into effect in Syria on Monday 12 September.


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