A Russian aircraft reportedly bombed a base in southeast Syria used by American and British military troops in an effort to put heat on President Barack Obama to cooperate with their forces.
They dropped cluster bombs on the base near the Jordanian border, ironically, about 24 hours after nearly 20 British special-forces personnel left.
According to The Daily Beast, the attack occurred on June 16, but was previously undisclosed.
The bombing only strengthened the CIA and Pentagon’s distrust in Russia.
At least four rebels were killed during the strikes, according to The Telegraph.
Russia’s explanation when questioned by the Pentagon about the strikes was that their military thought the base was used by the Islamic State.
American officials didn’t fall for that; however, because the “unique way the base was fortified” was an indication that it was not an Islamic State facility.
The Russians also said that the Jordanians permitted them to conduct the strike, but the U.S. found that no such authorization was given.
The Wall Street Journal revealed that the alleged real reason for the bombings was to put pressure on the Obama administration and bully them into agreeing to a “closer cooperation in the skies over Syria.”
Despite tensions as a result of the strikes, the U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact just last week to target airstrikes against the nearby Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Nusra Front.
As part of their pact, Russia also agreed to stop airstrikes on U.S.-backed rebels and pull back on the Syrian air campaign.
The Pentagon and the CIA objected to the new agreement because they feel Washington gave in to Moscow and that Russia should be confronted.
Since the airstrikes, the U.S. has reportedly told Russia to stay away from the Jordanian border.
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