Russia slams US for ‘indiscriminate’ attack in Syria’s Idlib

Moscow says the US targeted the region ‘without advance notice’ to Russia or Turkey, says it ‘compromised’ ceasefire.

Aug. 1, 2019

Russia, a major backer of Syria’s government, has accused the United States of having “compromised” a fragile ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province by launching an attack on the rebels’ last remaining bastion.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Saturday it had hit an al-Qaeda-linked training camp in northern Idlib, targeting leaders that were “responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, partners, and innocent civilians”.

The Russian military said on Sunday that the US struck the region “without advance notice to Russia or Turkey”, which have troops on the ground in Idlib. It described the attack as “indiscriminate”.

The raid caused “great losses and destruction”, the Russian defence ministry added in a statement, accusing Washington of having “compromised the ceasefire in the de-escalation zone of Idlib”.