June 19, 2017 / 4:43 PM / a month ago

U.S. working to restore Syria 'deconfliction' link with Russia

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is working to restore a "deconfliction" communications line with Russia meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria, the top U.S. general said on Monday, after Moscow cut it off after the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday.

Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there was still communications between a U.S. air operations center in Qatar and Russian forces on the ground in Syria but added: "We'll work diplomatically and military in the coming hours to reestablish deconfliction."

(This version of the story was refiled to correct spelling of 'clash' in first paragraph)

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by James Dalgleish

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