The US in the Middle East always seems to be trying to take one step forward, but falters two steps back. In the last in its series of mistakes and miscalculations in the region, on Saturday, US forces launched an airstrike on the wrong target. So much for a ceasefire.

Russia says the US-led coalition airstrikes mistakenly killed dozens of Syrian troops and the attack has created a diplomatic firestorm. The strikes were intended to target ISIS but instead killed 62 Syrian soldiers, according to the Russian military. The incident has sparked a furious row between the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations outside an emergency Security Council meeting.

The US has expressed regret for the strikes, while Australia, which says its planes were among a number of international aircraft involved in the operation, expressed condolences to the victims’ families. But this is hardly enough considering that such highly trained forces should not be committing such blunders, especially so close to a ceasefire agreement. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, lashed out at Russia for requesting an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Saturday night, calling the request a “stunt.” She said the Russians had blood on their hands after their own attacks in Syria, adding, “They’re calling this emergency meeting? Really?” However, it was not the Russians who bombed the wrong team.

The Russians see it a natural result of the persistent refusal of the United States from the establishment of close cooperation with Russia in the fight against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other affiliated terrorist groups. This is untenable for the US, as Russia is pro-Assad. Under the ceasefire agreement, the US and Russia would work together to target the Fatah al-Sham Front, as well as the Islamic State group, while Assad’s forces refrain from striking opposition-held areas. The bottom line is that nobody is going to win this war, for when it ends, the victor will be sitting on a pile of rubble.