The Russian Air Force has conducted strikes against Islamic State targets together with the US-led coalition after receiving intel on targets from the coalition command center, the Russian military said. However, the US military has denied this.
On Sunday, the Russian Air Force group command at the Khmeimim airbase “received target coordinates of the Islamic State objectives in the Al-Bab area of the Aleppo [province] from the US side via the hotline with the international coalition headquarters,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.
After conducting additional surveillance measures, using drones and satellites, two Russian warplanes together with two coalition aircraft carried out airstrikes on terrorist targets, hitting several fuel depots as well as ammunition stores and terrorist positions, the ministry added.
“Analysis of the results of the joint airstrikes conducted together with the international [anti-terrorist] coalition shows high efficiency of the joint actions aimed at the elimination of the international terrorist groups in Syria,” the ministry said.
However, US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, denied the reports about the joint operation conducted together with the Russian Air Force, calling all such claims “rubbish,”according to AP.
US Navy Capitan Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the US contacts with Russia in Syria were limited to routine “deconfliction” talks aimed at avoiding unintended aerial incidents in the area. Davis stressed that the US was not involved in coordination or target-sharing with Russia.
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