Defense Secretary Ash Carter is livid over Thursday’s incident in which Russian jets bombed a staging area where anti-Islamic State fighters has gathered, and then ignored an urgent U.S. request to stop.
“He’s hot. This is a big deal,” a defense official told the Washington Examiner.
Sources say at least two Russian Su-34 “Fullback” fighter-bombers hit the gathering point in southern Syria near al-Tanf, an area where Russia had not been active for some time.
“They weren’t bombing there, they had no reason to,” the official said.