US forces accuse pilot of attacking base in Syria

The US Air Force opened a criminal case against a pilot in connection with an explosion that injured US soldiers at a base in eastern Syria last April.

Sergeant David Desawan, who has been detained by the Air Force since June, faces several criminal charges including dereliction of duty, destruction of army property, reckless threats and assaulting others in an attack that wounded four soldiers.

The US military initially said the casualties were caused by artillery or other indirect fire.

However, the Pentagon later announced that the April 7 attack was carried out by “deliberate planting of explosive devices” by a person or personnel in an ammunition storage and shower room at the base, known as the “Green Village”.

Source: Associated Press

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