Pentagon Says Russia Did Not Join U.S.-Led Coalition in Anti-ISIS Airstrikes

Posted January 23, 2017 at 3:36pm

The Associated Press reports that “the Russian military says its warplanes have flown a joint mission in Syria against the Islamic State group together with the U.S.-led coalition.”

“However, the Pentagon denies Russia’s claim.”

“’The Department of Defense is not coordinating airstrikes with the Russian military in Syria,’ said Eric Pahon, a spokesman at the Pentagon. ‘DoD maintains a channel of communication with the Russian military focused solely on ensuring the safety of aircrews and de-confliction of coalition and Russian operations in Syria.’”