Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said that US will be working “diplomatically and militarily in the coming hours to re-establish deconfliction” with Russia in Syria, speaking in Washington DC, Monday. His comments come after the US-led coalition’s reported downing of a Syrian government warplane in southern Syria.

Dunford stated that he is “confident that we are still communicating between our operations centre and the Russian Federation operation centre.”

The Joint Chiefs chairman said that neither side should “address this thing with hyperbole. An incident occurred. We have to work through the incident. We have a channel to be able to do that.”

The Syrian military said in a statement that US-led coalition had downed its jet near Raqqa on Sunday, while the plane was carrying out operations against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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Cyriak Papasissis

The US have outstayed their unwelcome presence in Syria. Nobody needs their dirty games of mischief , acting out their role as ISIS suppliers and helpers of last resort. Iran has just threatened to make public manifold documentation of such repeated US actions . They should be shown the way out. Their trade is permanent lies , deceptions , obfuscations. Everybody is tired of their double-talk , nobody should take them at their word.

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Miguel Redondo

General Dunford misses the point. He has to make “deconfliction” not with Russia , but with the Syrian government. His allies (YPG) have to give back the downed pilot immediatly , replace the destroyed jet to the Syrian Airforce , and to to apologize personally to the Syrian people and to president Assad.

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brdlip

The pilot – Col. Ali Fahd – has already been rescued by a team of the Tigers Forces. He’s got a broken leg but is well.
He had landed in Daesh’s territory. His capture by Kurds is fake news.

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Stern Daler

His rescue is good news.

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ziad welds

russia will be weak and stupid if they once again extend there hands to these criminals,,what a bunch of fools,this is no surprise i was just waiting to see how long before they put up there comm ch again with the yanks,,just like last time,,they keep repeating the same weak mistakes at syrias expense,,why s syria not speaking out and putting more pressure on russia to stop acting like idiots and start acting like real allies ,,gto on you fools keep calling the yanks your partners

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Vince Dhimos

If only it were that simple. The US has the power to cripple Russia with sanctions. Putin is waiting for the collapse of the petrodollar. At that point, the US can no longer affect Russia. In fact, Russia and China will then have the power to save the US with loans that will give them handsome interest payments. We all need to be patient and simply wait. The Saudis, whom the US needs to prop up the ailing dollar, are destroying themselves internally with internecine quarrels in the royal dysfunctional family and with their foolish ploy to reduce oil prices… Read more »

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Cyriak Papasissis

Very valid points you make. The Saudis sold 250 billion $ US bonds , Russians & Chinese sold another 300 billion $ US bonds. This leads also to further weakening of the petrodollar. This is going to defeat the US imperialist ambitions slowly but surely.With mathematical certainty the Syrian war will be won by the Syrians and their allies, only WW3 can ”save” the mega banksters. Any serious escalation of war in Syria serves the banksters. They would welcome it , as they control the Media .

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Cyriak Papasissis

Every ”mistake” the Americans do in Syria is a calculated provocation , the Deep State giving a hand of aid to their bankster friends. The aim is to entrap the Russians into a serious escalation. Remember the Russian SU 24 shot down by the Turkish Deep State , in collusion with the US Deep State.

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Manuel Flores Escobar

Nothing new…USA and Russia once again open lines of comunication…until another US attacks!…in spite of Syrian pilot shot down in Raqqa which would mean to be captive under ISIS hands and be burned alive!…

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Vince Dhimos

I suspect the US Neocons who hold the keys to the Deep State have not yet figured out that Russia is a true ally of Assad and its alliance is non-negotiable. If you know the Gospels, you know the mind of Putin: Matthew 25:40 King James Version (KJV)

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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The mind of Putin is more into the secret chess tricks you’ve never seen any Russian champion using in competition that were learnt to KGB brasses. He’s a freaking good strategist and it’s all about geopolitics backed with strong historical knowledge. Russia probably hadn’t a leader of such a range since Peter the Great. Thus, better be careful : he also can do nasty tricks.

Mt25.40 simply means : “don’t f**k with the Jews”.
In the Russian case, it’s more Bismarck’s stance that values and means in substance “do any s**t you want but don’t touch the Russian”

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Neo-cons don’t give a f**k : they’re only in for the money. With the huge weapons deal Trump signed, it’ll be like being on Viagra 24/7 for the decade to come at their level. Now it’s more the region that is likely to find itself on fire soon. Unless these toys ending broken 😉 And it’s not healthy to arm the House of Saud at such level, even at the level they already are BTW. With the % of bigot loonies and consanguinity level in the family, it’s opening Pandora’s box… Thus, it also depletes their cash reserves that tend… Read more »