“No doubt” Russia to blame in Syria convoy attack — Top US general says Moscow is responsible for “atrocity”

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General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said two Russian aircraft were in the area over Orum al-Kubra, a town in Aleppo province, where Monday’s air strike on the convoy occurred.

© AFP | A damaged truck carrying aid is seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The top US military officer on Thursday blasted Russia over the attack on an aid convoy in Syria, calling the strike an atrocity and squarely blaming Moscow for the incident.

General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said two Russian aircraft were in the area over Orum al-Kubra, a town in Aleppo province, where Monday’s air strike on the convoy occurred.

He said planes from the Syrian regime were also in the area, so couldn’t definitely say who dropped the bombs.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Russians are responsible, I just don’t know whose aircraft actually dropped the bomb,” Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Russia has been conducting military operations and air strikes in Syria over the past year to prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“It was an unacceptable atrocity,” Dunford said of the deadly strike that killed around 20 civilians late Monday.

Trucks carrying food and medical equipment from the United Nations and other agencies were unloading aid into a warehouse in Orum al-Kubra at the time of the strike.

Moscow has strenuously denied responsibility in the strike and offered several differing explanations for what might have happened.

On Wednesday, Russia insinuated the United States might have been involved by claiming a Predator drone was in the area at the time of the strike.

The Pentagon strongly rejected the claim.

Dunford also said he supports calls to ground Syrian regime and Russian aircraft.

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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (center) meets a Russian governmental delegation headed by deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin ( L), in Damascus. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

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One Response to ““No doubt” Russia to blame in Syria convoy attack — Top US general says Moscow is responsible for “atrocity””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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