During a press briefing at the Pentagon, it was revealed that the Russians were kept in the dark about the Syrian airstrikes.
A reporter asked Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, as well as Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis about Russia’s involvement in the strike. Turns out it was very minimal.
“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.”
This was quite the opposite from what took place during last year’s airstrike on Syria, which Russia was giving a roughly 90-minute advanced notice by the U.S.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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