Russian Federation and United States warplanes strike Syria in first ever JOINT attack

Pahon said the Defense Department had a channel of communication with the Russian military that was exclusively focused on avoiding collisions in the airspace over Syria.

The Pentagon on Monday denied that it had coordinated air strikes with Russian Federation in Syria, after Russia's defense ministry said the United States had provided coordinates for Islamic State militants.

Russian Federation and the United States back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, with Moscow supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Washington providing backing to some Sunni Muslim rebels.

A Russian Su-24M fighter and a Su-34 bomber, accompanied by Turkish F-16 and two F-4 jets carried out the attack, Russian officials claim.

The claim of coordinated strikes came from Moscow, whose Defense Ministry announced it received ISIS coordinates in Syria "from the USA side via hotline with the worldwide coalition headquarters", the Associated Press reported.

Separately, the United States is also leading an global coalition carrying out air strikes against Islamic State.

Trump inauguration deepens rift with China over Taiwan
Hua made no mention of the long-running dispute over Taiwan, the self-governing island that China claims as its own territory. Taiwan is to send Yu Shyi-kun, former premier and ex-ruling party leader, to represent Taipei at Trump's inauguration.

On Monday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the USA had provided targeting information for a joint airstrike against Islamic State fighters in Syria.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday the willing to "work with any country that shares our interest in defeating ISIS", and later mentioned Russian Federation specifically. -Russian military coordination in the war against the Islamic State in Syria could open the door to such coordination in the future.

However, reports have recently emerged that Trump is planning to make contact with the Russian leader, in coming months.

But President Donald Trump's campaign talk of direct U.S.

"If we kept the oil you probably wouldn't have ISIS because that's where they made their money in the first place", Trump said.

  • Sonia Alvarado