US, Russian jets involved in 'near miss' over Syria

US and Russian jets came within visual identification range over Syria, the US military said on Tuesday.

US, Russian jets involved in 'near miss' over Syria

Washington: US and Russian jets came within visual identification range over Syria, the US military said on Tuesday, adding the incident underscored a need for air safety protocols as the former Cold War foes carry out rival bombing campaigns.

US Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the US-led military campaign, told a Pentagon briefing the jets came within miles of each other on Saturday -- the same day US and Russian militaries held talks on safety protocols.

Warren said the air crews from both countries acted professionally.

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