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In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, a Russian Su-33 fighter jet stands on the flight deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The Russian military on Tuesday launched a series of strikes on militant targets in Syria involving carrier-borne fighters, marking the Admiral Kuznetsov's combat debut. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/ Photo via AP)

Russian jets accidentally bombed US-backed forces in Syria, according to reports


Russian jets bombed U.S.-backed troops in several Syrian villages after they mistook them for ISIS fighters, AFP news agency reports.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said troops had seen "Russian aircraft and regime aircraft bomb some villages that I believe they thought were held by ISIS, yet ... actually on the ground were some of our Syrian Arab Coalition forces." 

Townsend reported "some" casualties, but did not specify. U.S. commandos were less than three miles from the bombing. 

This comes after a series of incidents involving the Russian military and the U.S. 

Last month, a Russian spy ship patrolled up the East Coast, getting within 30 miles of Connecticut. President Trump joked he would shoot it "right out of the water. Russia also deployed a new cruise missile, violating a Cold War-era treaty. It also "buzzed" a U.S. Navy destroyer, flying very close and ignoring radio calls. 


This story will be updated.

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