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US, Russia calls to prevent air in the bag is in Syria

WASHINGTON – A senior Us air force commander says daily AMERICAN military telephone conversations with Russia have increased as the two countries are working to prevent airplane crashes in the increasingly crowded airspace of Syria.

Air Force, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who is in charge of U.S. air operations in the Middle East, says the US also has temporary “deconfliction” zones around Syria. Military operations by Russia or its allies are essentially limited to the zones so that the U.s. and the U.S.-backed forces are protected.

He refused to say how many exist or where they are. But they signal increased military cooperation and the war on Islamic State fighters in Syria escalates.

Harrigian said that the talks with the Russians is not always easy and sometimes it takes several conversations to make sure troops are safe.

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