As reported by Reuters, during a briefing at the Pentagon, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend announced that the Russian and Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on the positions of the opposition in the town of al-Bab. And suggested the random nature of the incident.
“Yesterday, several aircraft of the Russian space forces and the Syrian government army bombed several villages. I guess they thought these items kept the “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia as a terrorist organization), whereas there were groups that we support the coalition,” said Townsend.
Located in the Northern province of Aleppo, al-Bab was one of the last strongholds of the ISIS in the region. February 23 lesson about the centre of said units of the Syrian opposition, support which has provided the Turkish army. The next day of the full liberation of al-Baba said the head of the Turkish General staff Hulusi Akar. According to him, it is possible to meet the goals set in the beginning of the operation “shield of the Euphrates”, in which the Turkish army managed to dislodge the militants from several towns in the province of Aleppo.
On 9 February the Russian space forces have attacked the positions of the Turkish army in the area of El-Baba, as a result, three soldiers were killed and more than ten were injured. Russian President Vladimir Putin then contacted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and explain what happened inconsistency of coordinates during the operation.