The Washington Post: The US Air Force abandoned its allies in Syria during a battle

US Air Force dropped its allies in Syria at a critical moment in the battle, which led to the failure of the operation, according to The Washington Post.

Sources told the newspaper that the June 28, American pilots were assigned to provide cover for the Syrian opposition forces for an attack on the town of Abu Kamal in eastern Syria. At the height of operations pilots were ordered to leave the area and go to the outskirts of the city of Fallujah in neighboring Iraq.

According to the Pentagon Chris Garver, Command considered it more important to destroy a column of insurgents of “Islamic state” (IG, banned in Russia), knocked out the day before, along with the technique of Fallujah.

Under Abu Kemal fighters of the Free Syrian Army was forced to retreat.

The newspaper writes that the failure of the operation has become a severe blow to US plans to create in the region of the local unit, capable of resisting the Islamists. The publication also wonders whether the States have gained sufficient strength, if they have to constantly maneuver over a vast territory.

A coalition of 66 countries led by the United States bombed positions of the IG in 2014. In Syria, the operation is carried out without the permission of the authorities.

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