US claims air strikes in Syria’s Atma town

US-led coalition says air strikes that resulted in civilian casualties in northern Syrian town of Atma carried out by coalition

Courtesy of: Pentagon
Courtesy of: Pentagon

A US F-16 fighter jet

Updated Aug 15, 2015

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR) said the air strikes that hit northern Syrian town of Atme reportedly killing “more than a dozen” civilians on Aug. 11 were carried out by US-led coalition.

Answering a written question by Anadolu Agency, CJTF–OIR said that it can confirm that coalition air strikes on Tuesday hit targets in an area including the Atma town around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Syrian opposition sources had claimed that US-led coalition air strikes hit targets in Atme town in countryside of northern Syrian city of Idlib on Tuesday.

The air strikes reportedly destroyed an arms storage facility belonging to Jaysh al Sunna, a Syrian opposition group.

The opposition sources claimed “more than a dozen” civilians were killed in the air strikes which also hit the civilian buildings.

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement on its website that neither Incirlik Air Base in Turkey’s Adana province nor Turkish air space was used in reported air strikes.

Anadolu Agency reported two of the injured civilians were taken to hospitals in Turkey's southern Hatay province.

CJTF–OIR said measures were taken to prevent civilian casualties in coalition air strikes and claims that the civilian losses would be investigated thoroughly.

Recently, a joint plan by Turkey and the US to create an ISIS-free safe zone in northern Syria emerged after both countries agreed to increase cooperation against ISIS.

Ahrar al Sham, another Syrian opposition group mainly operating in the country's north, published a statement on Tuesday supporting the Turkey-US plans to create a safe zone in northern Syria saying it “will have positive repercussions on the humanitarian, political and military levels.”

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