Australia's PM Regrets Loss of Life in Airstrike on Syrian Army Unit

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed regret for any loss of life to Syrian troops in the airstrike which involved Australian planes.

Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district, in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012.
Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district, in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012. Manu Brabo, AP

Australia's prime minister has expressed regret for any loss of life to Syrian troops in an airstrike that involved Australian planes.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in New York on Sunday that as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation ended.

Turnbull says Australian rules of engagement were to target the Islamic State movement.

He says he regrets "the loss of life and injury to any Syrian personnel affected."

Defense Minister Marise Payne told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday that Australia is taking part in a U.S. review of the airstrikes against what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position.

She says Australia would "never intentionally, knowingly target a known Syria military unit. She declined to say whether Australia fighter jets were involved or support aircraft.