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US says it didn’t give Russia any advance warning about targets hit in Syria strikes


The US says it did not coordinate with Russia or notify the country of strikes Friday night on Syria.

 

"We did not do any coordination with Russia on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them," Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

 

“With regarding to the Russian concerns, we specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved and we used our normal deconfliction channels. Those are active this week to work through the airspace issues and so forth,” Gen Dunford responded. “We did not do any coordination with the Russians on the strikes nor did we prenotify them.”

 

Secretary of Defense James Mattis called the strikes a "one time shot" and said that they were aimed at Syrian government's chemical weapons infrastructure.

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