US asked Russia not to bomb near US commandos in Syria
WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials say the U.S. has asked Russia to avoid airstrikes in an area of northern Syria where American special operations forces have been working with Syrians fighting the Islamic State group.
The U.S. request was disclosed Thursday by Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of U.S. air forces in the Middle East.
Brown says that in making the request, U.S. officials did not pinpoint the U.S. troops' location but did ask that Russian strike aircraft avoid broad areas.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says the request was made directly from the Defense Department to the Russian Ministry of Defense, but he isn't saying when it came.
Cook says the Russians have honored the request so far.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Committee questions state over handling of nursing home evacuations
Police helicopter searching apartment complex for missing child
Shipping delays felt nationwide, FedEx reports startling numbers
Tiger Plaza & Stadium Square Apartment fire
News 2 Geaux: State trooper indicted for traffic stop beating