Defense Secretary James Mattis informally speaks to the media before holding a press briefing at the Pentagon to update the media on the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, May 19, 2017. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Washington Post: As Syria war enters new phase, U.S. looks to expand communications with Russia
The Pentagon has stepped up communication with the Russian military over Syria, a top official said Friday as the Trump administration lays plans for future operations likely to thrust U.S. forces closer to Russian and Syrian troops.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the United States had opened a new channel between senior U.S. and Russian military officials to discuss what Pentagon officials refer to as the “deconfliction” of ground and air operations within Syria.
The United States is now in the third year of its campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, where the application of Russian military might has strengthened the hand of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Update: US changes tactics against ISIS, working on plan with 'enthusiastic' Russians (RT)
WNU Editor: What a difference a year makes. Last year the Pentagon was dead-set against working with Russian in Syria. Today .... new leadership .... and now there is an eagerness to work together.