WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is a warning against dangerous flights by Russian fighter jets over what is considered a safe zone in Syria, questions, or recent close calls were mistakes or intentional.
Mattis told Pentagon reporters Friday that the U.S. and Russia are still using a telephone line to the coordination of movement across the busy Syrian airspace as the U.S.-led coalition going after the other Islamic State group militants.
Two Russian Su-25 fighters flew through a non-official line between the Russian and the American armed forces in the east of Syria on Wednesday, coming dangerously close to AMERICAN aircraft.
U. S. Air Force F-22 fighter jets launched rockets in response.
Mattis says he does not expect perfection in flights, but also doesn’t want dangerous maneuvers. He says that it is not clear whether it was deliberate or just sloppy flying.