Wall Street Journal: Russian aircraft bombed US outpost in Syria

Russian aircraft bombed a garrison used by US and British troops in Syria last week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the newspaper, US and British special forces use the garrison in southern Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders for a base of operations. A contingent of 20 British commandos had reportedly pulled out of the area less than 24 hours before Russian aircraft dropped cluster bombs on the outpost.

After the strike, officers with the US military’s Central Command air operations center in Qatar contacted their Russian counterparts, informing them that the garrison was part of the US and UK’s campaign against the so-called Islamic State and should not be attacked.

90 minutes after the warning was issued, US reconnaissance aircraft circling nearby watched the Russians launch a second wave of attack on the outpost.

  Russia, Syria