Incredibly, RT carried this story: Russian military says it carried out joint strikes with US-led coalition in Syria, US denies it. No other Russian website carried this story.
Ths US is open to working with the Russians. “White House Open to Cooperation With Russia in Syria, Press Secretary Says”
Numerous Western news sources confirm the Russian claim of an airstrike coordinated with the West is “rubbish”.
Obviously, Russia does not have its story straight.
U.S. forces say ‘nope, didn’t happen.’
The Russian government today claimed its forces conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State, using information provided by American forces. However, spokespersons for the U.S. military and the U.S.-led coalition strongly denied the claim, stating that it was “propaganda.”
U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled his willingness to team up with Russian forces against the Islamic State. However, no agreement has yet been publicly announced between the two sides.
Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that its forces struck Islamic State targets near the Syrian town of Al-Bab. A city with a pre-war population of 63,000, Al-Bab was occupied by ISIS forces and since November has been the site of a freewheeling battle between Turkish military, Syrian military, Syrian rebels, and Islamic State forces.
Nonsense, says the coalition. The Associated Press reports that a coalition spokesperson—U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian—labeled the Russian claim “propaganda”. According to the AP report, a spokesman at the Pentagon said that although such a hotline exists, there has been no sharing of intelligence information. The Department of Defense reports that coalition forces did strike targets in the vicinity of Al Bab on Sunday. Five strikes “engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed three tactical vehicles, a mortar and an ISIL-held building.”
Russian news outlets have not identified the coalition country whose aircraft supposedly carried out the bombing mission with Russia’s air force. Russia and Turkey, which is a coalition member, carried out joint air strikes in the al-Bab area on Saturday. The strikes were carried out by two Russian Su-24M “Fencer” and one Su-34 “Fullback” of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as well as two F-4 Phantoms and two F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Turkish Air Force.