US military and diplomatic leaders may be up in arms over Russia's decision to provide the Syrian government with S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, but US forces say they are prepared to simply deconflict airspace with Moscow to manage the issue.
During a 2 October Pentagon briefing Combined Joint Task Force - Operation 'Inherent Resolve' spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan fielded questions about ongoing operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. In the former the US military has entered the third week of Operation 'Roundup' in the Middle Euphrates River Valley - ground operations billed as the final push to defeat the Islamic State.
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