Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told the Associated Press that US airstrikes on Syrian troops on Saturday were "intentional" and lasted for nearly one hour.
The US Central Command has said it may have unintentionally struck the Syrian airbase in Dayr al-Zawr while carrying out a raid against Daesh and that the strikes were halted in less than five minutes when Russia called the US to halt it.
Assad, in an interview conducted Wednesday, also blamed the US for the collapse of a ceasefire deal brokered with Russia, saying Washington "doesn't have the will" to join the fight against Daesh terrorists.
The Syrian president said the war, now in its sixth year, is likely to "drag on" because of what he said was continued external support for Takfiri terrorists and numerous militant groups.
He also rejected accusations that Syrian or Russian planes struck an aid convoy in Aleppo and denied that his troops were preventing food from entering the militant-held part of the city.