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Russerne bombet lørdag styrker tilhørende den amerikansk-ledete koalisjonen mot IS og flere ble såret, men ikke amerikanere.

Russerne og amerikanerne har en åpen linje 24/7, nettopp for å forhindre misforståelser og feilbombinger. Amerikanerne tror derfor ikke bombingen mot Deir Ezzour lørdag var noen feilbombing. De tror det ble gjort med overlegge.

Russian military forces on Saturday attacked a location in Syria where they knew troops from the U.S.-led coalition and allied Syrian rebels were operating, the U.S. military said.

The strike injured several Syrian Democratic Forces troops but didn’t wound any members of the U.S.-led coalition, according to the statement from the Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve, after the Russian forces hit a target east of the Euphrates River near Deir Ezzour.

Hva er det russerne vil? Russerne har lenge sagt at det er de som gjør noe mot IS, og de har bagatellisert amerikanernes innsats, selv om alle vet at det er kurderne som har gjort den tunge jobben, med amerikansk støtte.

“The recent U.S.-Russian de-escalation deal in southwest Syria, which gave the regime and Shiite militias a chance to fight ISIS, was supposed to come with greater Russian commitments to deconflict with the U.S. and its proxy the SDF along the Euphrates River,” said Andrew Tabler,  a fellow at the Washington Institute for Middle East Peace who focuses on Syria. “Today’s strike, as well as Russian announcements in last few days that it and the regime intend to cross over the Euphrates, has called the deal into question.”

Hvis russerne utfordrer amerikanerne øst for Eufrat kan det få uante konsekvenser. Situasjonen er komplisert nok som den er.

Det er særlig forholdet til Iran som bør bekymre amerikanerne og Israel.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-says-russia-attacked-american-led-coalition-in-syria-1505603180