US changes tactics against ISIS, working on 'deconflict' plan with 'enthusiastic' Russians
The Trump administration is giving more leeway to field commanders and focusing on annihilating Islamic State forces, top US officials said. A proposal is also in the works to "deconflict" operations in Syria with Russia.
US forces are legally precluded from coordinating with the Russians, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. However, the US and Russian militaries have been maintaining multiple communication channels to "deconflict" operations in Syria.
"We have a proposal that we're working on with the Russians right now," Dunford added, declining to offer any details. He did say that it would address the presence of a Syrian government pocket in Deir ez-Zor, halfway down the Euphrates River between the IS (formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold of Raqqa and the Iraqi border.
"The Russians are as enthusiastic as we are to deconflict operations" and focus on fighting IS, Dunford said.
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