Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Joseph Dunford, said the US “specifically identified” targets to “mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved” and that the normal communication line to avoid problems in the airspace over Syria was used in the run up to the strike.
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Trump earlier criticized Russia’s support of the Syrian regime saying “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path,” adding Russia had failed in its 2013 promise to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
Part of the calculation this week has also been gaming out how Russia will respond.
“We are watching what Russians do in the next 24 hours,” the official said, adding that there will be intelligence collection to see what Russians are up to in the wake of the strikes, such as turning on their systems or talking about retaliating.
“We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace, we did not coordinate targets,” Dunford said.
The Russians were warned beforehand, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly at a press conference on Saturday.
“We do not seek confrontation and we refuse any possibility of military escalation and that is the reason why, with our allies, we have insured that the Russians were warned beforehand,” she said.
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