US admits killing allied fighters

The USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile. It was one of two destroyers that fired a total of 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack. Picture: Getty

Staff writers, wiresNews Corp Australia Network

THE US military says a misdirected air strike this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria.

US Central Command said that coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike intended to target Islamic State militants south of their Tabqa stronghold.

The strike hit an SDF position instead, killing 18 fighters. Central Command says the incident occurred on Tuesday.

The SDF, with the help of air and ground support from the US-led coalition, has surrounded Tabqa.

Several nations have lent their air power to the coalition to defeat the Islamic State group. It is not clear which air force was behind the strike.

“The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position,” the Pentagon said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State militant group by an acronym. “The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position.”

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