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    The Russian Aerospace Forces have conducted airstrikes in Syria based on intelligence provided by the US-led coalition, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The Pentagon later denied that cooperation took place.

    "We consider information released by the Russian Defense Ministry to be highly accurate," defense analyst Igor Korotchenko told RIA Novosti. "This means that the cooperation has begun, which is a good thing since terrorism is a common enemy. There is a real chance to alter previous approaches to cooperation under President Trump. The Obama administration has not been particularly helpful" in this respect, Korotchenko noted.

    The defense analyst suggested that the Pentagon has denied providing intelligence to the Russian Aerospace Forces because the transition from one administration to the other has not fully taken place.

    "Perhaps, the Pentagon did not want to make this information public because [many positions in] the new US administration have not been finalized. Once the Trump team is put together, those who have an adverse informational effect on the cooperation [between the US and Russia in Syria] will be let go," he asserted.

    Retired Lieutenant General Evgeny Buzhinsky, who headed the International Treaty Directorate at the Russian Defense Ministry, shared these sentiments.

    "Thank God if this cooperation is truly taking place. I can only welcome it. By denying these reports Americans perhaps do not want to anger such 'friends' of Russia as [Senator John] McCain while key members of the US government are going through the confirmation process. They probably are afraid of sparking a wave of anti-Russia hullabaloo," he said.

    On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Russian command center at the Hmeymim airbase had received coordinates of Daesh targets in the city of al-Bab via the "direct line" from the US-led coalition headquarters. Russian aircraft have assisted the Turkish military in its efforts to push Daesh out of al-Bab.

    Later that day, US Department of Defense spokesperson Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik that the Pentagon was "not coordinating airstrikes with the Russian military in Syria."

    Korotchenko further said that joint counterterrorism activities are a welcome step, taking into account that the Pentagon has a comprehensive satellite reconnaissance system which covers the entire Middle East. He also expressed hope that Washington will join the peace process aimed at putting an end to the Syrian conflict.

    Russia along with Turkey and Iran has recently brokered a nationwide ceasefire in Syria. The truce paved the way for the first ever talks involving a delegation from Damascus and representatives of armed groups fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

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      Retired Lieutenant General Evgeny Buzhinsky is 100% correct and it is not much helpful if Russian Media including Sputnik reveals all details in urgent need for sensations as such revelation might cause additional problems for Russia if Russian friendly members of Trump cabinet get rejected because Jon McCain and other anti Russian hawks read all about it in Sputnik.

      I am seriously fascinated to see how brainless are Sputnik editors and journalists. Can you realise when your gobbling will cause more harm to Russia in whole and when not? Have some intelligence problems?

      Start to behave intelligently and responsibly.
    • Mikhasin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, It´s not so much brainlessness as a few remaining elements of the infamous Russian 5th columns that indeed are genuinely hostile to Russian interests. Left-overs from the initial purge of the Russian state funded Voice of America franchise RIA Novosti a few years back. A second more thoroughly purge is desperately needed
    • avatar
      Trust but verify.
      Coordinates of Russian friendly forces??
      Decoy Russia to bomb schools and hospitals ?
      Very fishy !!
    • siberianhusky
      A breath of fresh air coming from the new administration in Washington. The world is welcoming this, now just don't stop.
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      elsa.zardiniin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, That one was a comment. Indeed. Surprised, myself, an ignorant.
    • avatar
      Listen, Washington INITIATED and FUNDS the "terrorists"! It's their PROXY ARMY to camouflage the fact that they can't send in UNIFORMED TROOPS! They're PAID by
      Washington! Why on earth would the U.S. want to help in their demise?
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      FightForTruthin reply toquestfortruth(Show commentHide comment)
      Indeed this proxy army will need to be cut off and then dealt with in turn, beginning with the CFR and working our way down. Word on the street is that this current administration has amassed its own proxy army to deal with the elite establishment and their agenda. We shall see.
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