Defense Ministry: coalition aircraft were over the area of Deir ez-Zor on the day of the attack on the Syrian army

Defense Ministry: coalition aircraft were over the area of Deir ez-Zor on the day of the attack on the Syrian army

MOSCOW, December 9. Two pairs of combat aircraft from the two countries in the international coalition, was on the Deir-ez-Zor on the day of the attack on the field camp of the Syrian army, said the official representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov.

“The answer will be known very soon”

“If they are not involved in this strike, why is the Pentagon, as leaders antiepilepsy coalition, ignore the presence of December 6 the aircraft of its allies in the region of Deir ez-Zor? Is it because all the information about the objectives of ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist organization “Islamic state” – approx.) in Syria, coalition aircraft is the Pentagon?”, – the General said.

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“I am confident that the answer is who actually attacked from the air by Syrian troops will be known very soon. As soon as the Syrian authorities will publish the results of the investigation into the incident and the type of munition, which have suffered a blow,” he added.

Russian aircraft on 6 December is not flying over the area of Deir ez-Zor, where he was an airstrike on field camp of the Syrian army, also said Konashenkov.

So he commented on reports of some media about the possible involvement of Russia to strike against Syrian positions on Sunday.

“According to the General staff of the Syrian army, December 6 aircraft of the Western coalition was dealt a blow to the aviation field camp 168 brigade of the 7 division of the government troops of the armed forces SAR 2 km West of Deir ez-Zor. As a result of the impact destroyed 3 BMP, 4 cars equipped with heavy machine guns, wounded 12 and killed 4 people. Russian aircraft over the area. All of our sorties in the skies of Syria, we coordinate with air traffic control services and the General staff of the Syrian government forces,” – said Konashenkov.

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He also said that Russia informs US about the time, altitude and routes of flights over Syria.

According to him, Americans are well aware that on 6 December, when it was attacked from the air field camp of Syrian troops, Russian planes in the region of Deir-ez-Zor was not.

“In accordance with the signed Memorandum, we will promptly notify the representatives, and the U.S. air force about the time, altitude and flight path of the aircraft in our air group in the sky of Syria. Pentagon officials said that on December 6, the aircraft of the American air force actually worked in the area. But at target, located at a distance of about 55 km from this object” – said the official representative of the Ministry of defense.

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Earlier that four aircraft the US-led coalition launched nine rockets at the camp of the army of Syria in the province of Deir ez-Zor in the East of the country, killing three soldiers, injuring 13 people.

The incident occurred last Sunday.

The Western coalition .

The air force of the countries of the US-led coalition on Sunday on transport or a live grenade, said the representative of the headquarters of the United group of forces engaged in international operation against banned in Russia grouping “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia).

The international coalition against IG

The international coalition led by the USA includes 65 countries.

Some States do material and logistic contributions, not participating in the bombing the positions of Islamists in Syria and Iraq.

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The coalition has begun airstrikes on is positions in Syria in September 2014, without the approval of Damascus.

In Iraq together with U.S. aircraft engaged in combat planes from Australia, the UK, Jordan, Canada, the Netherlands and France, in Syria – Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and France.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly that the military presence of coalition forces, formed at the initiative of the USA, is not conducive to peace on the Syrian land. While the Russian force, according to the President, has had a significant impact on both the military and political situation in Syria.”

Russian air force strikes on targets of terrorist groups in Syria from 30 September, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).