U.S., Rus­sian jets came close to crash over Syria

Com­man­ders had to use emer­gency hot­line

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics - BY CARLO MUNOZ

A near miss be­tween U.S. and Rus­sian air­craft over Syria last month was the clos­est call be­tween Amer­i­can pilots and their Rus­sian coun­ter­parts since the Syr­ian air war be­gan, the Pen­tagon ac­knowl­edged last week.

The Rus­sian fighter jet and an Amer­i­can air­craft came within a half-mile of col­lid­ing while con­duct­ing night­time op­er­a­tions on Oct. 17 — set­ting off alarm bells in­side the Pen­tagon as U.S. com­man­ders were pre­par­ing for the fi­nal as­sault to re­take the Is­lamic State-held Syr­ian city of Raqqa.

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