Russian General Staff puzzled by ruins of commercial infrastructure near Syrian-Jordanian border

Traces of airstrikes against commercial structures have been found on the Syrian-Jordanian border where neither Russian nor Syria aircraft have ever operated, said Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff.

Traces of airstrikes against commercial structures have been found on the Syrian-Jordanian border where neither Russian nor Syria aircraft have ever operated, said Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff.

"On the Syrian-Jordanian border, not far from the city of Herbet-Gezala we found ruins of commercial structures destroyed as a result of bombing," the general said a briefing for military attaches and journalists on Oct. 16.

"Russian aircraft have never operated there; the Syrian aviation, as our data suggest, was not used there either," he said.

"ISIS terrorists have never been to this area; moreover, this area has been controlled by the Free Syrian Army since 2013," Kartapolov recalled.

He showed pictures of the area with traces of bombings. "On these pictures you can see that there is no trace of military activity around these little garden houses, no trenches, no trace of military hardware, nor military hardware proper. These are ordinary gardens and fields with structures for storing agricultural tools," the general said

"Why did they have to be destroyed? The impression is that someone's pilots trained or carried out a strike to report to their commanders on combat mission accomplishment," he said.

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