"This mistake could be very costly. Now it is important to find out whether it was intentionally or accidentally," Deputy Speaker of the Russian Senate Ilyas Umakhanov told RIA Novosti.
According to the lawmaker, if it was a mistake it means that the US military lacks professionalism, control and accuracy. "Or it may have been a deliberate move, in a bid to prevent further advances by the Syrian Army and, what is more, to undermine the Lavrov-Kerry agreement," he underscored. He added that it cannot be ruled out that "some war hawks in Washington are trying to get revenge after the agreement."…
In an interview with RT, political analyst Anton Khashchenko suggested that the attack may be a provocation.
"Some in the US and NATO are not interested in cooperation between Moscow and Washington on Syria. They’re trying to undermine the agreement," he said.I think this has legs. Col. Lang explains why below the Sputnik article.
US Coalition Strike on Syrian Army: 'Revenge of the War Hawks' Amid Ceasefire
So, we and the Australians admit that we "done it." The body count this morning is up to 83 and presumably will go higher. Could it have been a real targeting error? Yes. People here on SST who have participated in air targeting know how easy it is to make a mistake. But, there are some unusual things about this "error." The SAA has been occupying these positions for six months or so. Presumably US imagery and SIGINT analysts have been looking at them all that time and producing map overlays that show who is where in detail. These documents would be widely available especially to air units and their targeteers. US coalition led air has not struck previously in the Deir al-Zor area. Why now? Were they asked to strike? The US does not talk to the Syrian government. How would they have been asked? Who would have designated the targets? They struck in the presence of SAA troops without any ground liaison? And what of the timing two days before the US-Russian deal was to be expanded into active cooperation?…
SECDEF Carter is a thoroughgoing Russophobe. General Votel, the US commander in Iraq and eastern Syria has expressed doubt about the wisdom of cooperating with the Russians.Sic Semper Tyrannis
IMO it is an open question as to whether these air strikes on the SAA were accidental
Deir al-Zor: Was it really an accident?
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.), former military intelligence officer at the US Defense Intelligence Agency
If this is the case, the president has lost control to the Deep State.