U.S. Coalition Spokesman Refutes Russian Claims

BEIRUT (AP) -
A man selling pastries walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
A man selling pastries walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday. (Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail)

The Baghdad spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group refuted Russian claims that American planes bombed Aleppo hospitals, saying the incident is an example of the Russian “indiscriminate” use of force.

The Russian Ministry of Defense rejected the pentagon’s claim Wednesday that Russian aircraft hit two hospitals in Aleppo saying that it was U.S. aircraft that operated over the city Wednesday. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday that Russian jets hit targets no closer than 20 kilometers away from Aleppo. Konashenkov said that two A-10 ground attack jets of the U.S. Air Force flew in from Turkey Wednesday and attacked Aleppo

Col. Steve Warren, the Baghdad-based spokesman, told the Associated Press that Russian aircraft in Syria are using “dumb” bombs, and “indiscriminately scattering those bombs across populated areas regardless of whether those populated areas have women and children, civilians or hospitals.”