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    Russian General Staff, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Discuss Syria

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    The Chief of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the United States' Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford held a phone talk, discussing the fight against Daesh/Islamic State in Syria, Russia's Defense Ministry said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Chief of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the United States' Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford held a phone talk, discussing the fight against the Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) in Syria, Russia's Defense Ministry said Monday.

    "Matters regarding the actions of Russia and the US-led international coalition to combat the terrorist group IS in Syria were discussed," the ministry's press service said in a statement.

    The group is regarded a terrorist organization by both countries.

    According to the Russian ministry, the phone talk was initiated by the United States, and the sides agreed to continue bilateral contacts.

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