U.S., Russia Discussing New Methods To Avoid War Of Words In Syria, Pinnacle Widespread Says

| AP Photo U.S., Russia discussing new ways to avoid confrontation in Syria, top general saysThe U.S. military is in the process of finalizing a new agreement with the Russian military to minimize potential confrontations as American-backed rebel forces continue their campaign to liberate portions of Syria from the Islamic State, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford said Friday.
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Story Continued BelowSuch a campaign would raise the potential for conflict between the militias and their U.S. trainers with Russian-backed Syrian forces — a risk Dunford said the Pentagon is seeking to avoid.
IIn response to a follow up question, Dunford said that the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, along the Euphrates River, will be included in the agreement.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. provide an update on U.S. efforts to destroy the Islamic State group at the Pentagon on Friday.

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