31 Aug '17, 10pm

US, Russia speak daily to ensure proxy forces in Syria don’t attack each other https://t.co/hMnFMeQr3n

US, Russia speak daily to ensure proxy forces in Syria don’t attack each other https://t.co/hMnFMeQr3n

WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia are working to ensure U.S.-backed forces and pro-Syrian regime forces avoid clashes when they eventually converge on the final Islamic State held territory along the Euphrates River south of Raqqa, according to a top U.S. commander. The two nations speak through military channels multiple times a day to ensure the safety of their troops operating on the crowded eastern Syrian battlefield and to plan ways to keep their proxy forces apart down the road, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led, anti-ISIS coalition, said Thursday from Baghdad. As the territory held by ISIS decreases, those proxy forces will inevitably have to operate within closer proximity of each other, he said. “We are trying to de-conflict this for the future, and we have lines that are agreed to that will cover much of the middle Euphrates River v...

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