11 Jan '18, 10pm

US Denies Role in Drone Swarm Attack on Russian Air Base

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford called his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, following a swarm drone attack on a Russian air base in Syria earlier this week, Pentagon officials said Thursday. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the Pentagon's Joint Staff director, said only that Dunford and Gerasimov, the chief of Russia's General Staff, had a "frank and cordial exchange of views," but the phone call came after the Russian Defense Ministry suggested the U.S. may have played a part in the drone attack. While declining to characterize the phone call, McKenzie stressed that "the U.S. had nothing to do with the attacks on the Russian air base and that's a flat assertion, and I want to be very clear on that." Russia's Ministry of Defense said Monday that its vast Khmeimim air base in Syria's northwestern Latakia province had been the target recently of a serie...

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