US accuses Russia of dangerous ‘behavior’ harming drone

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Russia was accused by US Central Command of unsafe behavior in Syria, causing harm to a US drone. This is the latest incident in numerous attempts by Russia to harass US forces in Syria.

US Central Command said that Russia had conducted ‘unsafe and unprofessional behavior in the air’ and that it ‘not only degrades our Defeat ISIS mission, it risks unintended escalation and miscalculation,’ General Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla, Commander, US Central Command said.

This relates to a July 23 incident where ‘Russian military aircraft deployed flares, damaging a US MQ-9 while conducting a defeat-ISIS mission’, the US said. Lt.-Gen. Alex Grynkewich, commander of the US 9th Air Force unit, which is often called AFCENT or Air Force Central Command, commented on the incident…”

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