The garrison in the village of Al-TANF near the border with Jordan, according to which on June 16 attacked the Russian space forces, does not belong to the Syrian opposition, but is used by the special forces of the US and the UK, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the Pentagon and the White house. Interlocutors of WSJ explained that British and American special forces based in Jordan, uses this secret base to coordinate with the Syrian opposition forces with the aim of protecting Jordan from the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). The WSJ sources at the Pentagon and us intelligence believe that the bumps on the base was part of the campaign of Moscow, which aims to pressure the Obama administration to force Washington to go on closer cooperation with Russia in the skies over Syria. Representatives of the British side refused to review the WSJ.
About 20 were on the basis of the British military managed to leave the base in Al-TANF for 24 hours before the airstrike, the Russian VKS on June 16, told the WSJ the interlocutors in the Pentagon and American intelligence. According to sources in the U.S. and two commanders of the Syrian rebels, the Russian aircraft dropped cluster munitions on it. After hitting the staff of the Central command of US forces in Qatar contacted the Russian colleagues in the Syrian Latakia and warned that this database is involved in a campaign and should not be attacked, according to the interlocutors of WSJ.
Approximately 90 minutes after warning US from a nearby American aircraft recorded a new wave of attacks of the Russian HQs. US officials tried to contact the Russian pilots, using frequencies that the US and Russia have agreed to use in emergency situations. The Russian pilots did not answer, according to WSJ sources. According to them, the result of air strikes by the Russian space forces were killed by four Syrian rebel.
Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Washington Yuriy Melnyk has forwarded the WSJ questions about the incident, the Ministry of defense of Russia. The Ministry a request is not answered.
Earlier, the defense Ministry reported that “Russian aerospace forces and the Syrian air force on opposition militias, declared a cessation of hostilities and reported in the Russian or American centers of reconciliation for information about his location, the strikes did not cause”.
The WSJ sources said that after the Russian plane 16 Jun returned to the airbase in the West of Syria, the Pentagon has demanded from Moscow to explain what happened. The Russian military initially reported to their colleagues at the Pentagon that the Russian pilots really attacked the base, but thought that it was the position of IG. Military and US intelligence has rejected this explanation and stated that the Russian pilots would have the air to determine that this post does not apply to ISIS because of the presence of unique fortifications, typical for American and British bases in the region. The Russian side responded that the air strikes were approved in advance by the Jordanians, however, the U.S. said that it had contacted Aman and Jordanian colleagues said that did not give Moscow a green light. Later, the Russian military reported that they could not cancel the strikes, as Washington gave Moscow the exact coordinates of this base.
According to sources, this incident has caused controversy in American leadership. Defense Ministry representatives have indicated that these strikes are an example of why Moscow can’t be trusted. The White house spoke out in favor of cooperation with Russia, and argued that this incident shows how the lack of cooperation with the Russian lead to risks.
After the attacks in Al-TANF, the U.S. side gave Moscow some additional information about the U.S. operations along the Jordanian border. According to a senior WSJ sources, they are also advised to stay away from border zones.
The white house and the state Department, fearing escalation, decided to go for a compromise, the newspaper notes. During his visit to Moscow, John Kerry, which took place last week, despite the protests of the CIA and the Pentagon, was achieved the preliminary agreement on joint efforts in the fight against “Jabhat an-Nusra” (banned in Russia), says the publication. It also assumes that in exchange for easing tough policies against Moscow from Washington, Russia will stop air strikes by U.S.-backed opposition and keep the Syrian air force, writes the WSJ.
Critics of the agreement in the Pentagon and the CIA say that the White house succumbed to Russian aggressive action and believe that Moscow will not abide by the terms of the agreement. They argue that the United States should resist the Russians bole tough. The White house and the United States, in turn, fear that costly struggle for spheres of influence may lead to the escalation of the conflict.