By Dee McLachlan
What a mess. Hang on, I thought there was a cease fire (i.e., “a temporary suspension of fighting”).
Seven days ago The Guardian reported:
“Syria ceasefire begins as agencies prepare to deliver aid” and “Trucks set to bring humanitarian supplies to besieged city of Aleppo amid cautious optimism that ceasefire will hold.”
“A nationwide ceasefire in Syria brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect on Monday… Sources on both sides of the conflict have indicated they will respect it.”
Then today, The Guardian headlines:
“Australian warplanes took part in airstrikes that killed Syrian troops…
““Overnight, coalition aircraft were conducting airstrikes in eastern Syria against what was believed to be a Daesh [Isis] fighting position that the coalition had been tracking for some time,” [Australian defence department statement]
“However, shortly after the bombing commenced, Russian officials advised the Combined Air Operations Centre that the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.
“Russia has warned that the incident puts a “very big question mark” over the future of a precarious ceasefire agreed by Washington and Moscow, and a strongly worded foreign ministry statement on Sunday said that the strikes were “on the boundary between criminal negligence and direct connivance with Islamic State terrorists”.”
What happened to the ceasefire?
This an updated report from Zerohedge.com:
“Update 3: Russia’s foreign ministry says it has “reached the terrifying conclusion” that the US is conniving with the Islamic State. As ABC reports, Russia has called for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council over a U.S. air raid that it says struck Syrian troops battling the Islamic State group. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Moscow is demanding “full and detailed explanations about whether this was deliberate support of the Islamic State or another mistake”.”
Australia’s Involvement In These Wars
John Howard said it was “embarrassing” that Australia became involved in the Iraq war on false intelligence. This resulted in over a million lives lost.
Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offers condolences to the families for the airstrike that killed the 83 plus Syrian soldiers killed.
“As many as 90 Syrian soldiers who had been fighting Islamic State forces around a military airport in the country’s east died when they were attacked by US-led coalition aircraft which apparently mistook them for militants.”
Just another “embarrassing” decision.