Hours after a coalition airstrike killed Syrian ground forces, the United States relayed its regret to Syria through Russia for the "unintentional loss of life," according to a senior administration official.

It was Russia, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who notified the US military that coalition aircraft were striking Syrian troops and not ISIS in eastern Syria. 

The state-run Sputnik News Agency quoted Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as saying two F-16s and two A-10s carried out four strikes.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 83 soldiers and said at least 120 others were wounded.

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