[Marxism] US and Russian bombers coordinate through mutual friend in Tel-Aviv
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Tue Oct 20 07:19:04 MDT 2015
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US Coordinates Syria Bombing With Russia Through Israeli Hot Line -
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00:48 20.10.2015(updated 08:50 20.10.2015) Get short URL
Despite officially denying any cooperation, Russia and the US secretly
coordinate their air campaigns in Syria through Tel-Aviv to avoid
collisions of aircraft, according to intelligence sources speaking to
Last Thursday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced the creation of a
"hot line" between the Russian and Israeli militaries. That channel
provides both parties with a direct link in order to avoid incidents
between aircraft over Syria.
"The first stage of training was conducted yesterday [Oct. 14] on
cooperation between Russian air forces and the Israeli air force to
avoid dangerous incidents in the sky above the Syrian Arab Republic," a
statement from the ministry read.
On Sunday, personnel from both militaries continued that coordination,
practicing the procedures necessary for avoiding accidental collisions.
According to military and intelligence sources speaking to Debka File,
Arab-speaking flight controllers will likely stand ready on Russia’s end
of the hotline at Al-Hmeineem air base near Latakia. Russian-speaking
officers will man Israel’s end, and according to Israeli media, Western
air controllers will use that hotline to coordinate their own aircraft,
rather than establish their own direct channels with Moscow.
Communication is vital in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria.
Russia’s anti-terror campaign began on September 30, and has since
carried out hundreds of sorties against the self-proclaimed Islamic
State terrorist group.
The US-led coalition has continued its own bombing campaign, though
without the authority of the legitimate government of Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad. While no collisions have yet taken place, there have
been close calls.
But despite air traffic concerns, Washington has refused Moscow’s offers
to establish a similar hotline.
"We’re not interested in doing that, as long as Russia is not willing to
make a constructive contribution to our counter-ISIL effort. Russia has
its own agenda right now that they’re pursuing on their own," White
House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
"So it’s not particularly surprising to me that President Putin would
resort, in some desperation, to try to…convince us to join them. But the
fact is that is a request that’s fallen on deaf ears."
In reality, however, the US is coordinating actions of its aircraft with
Russia, but is doing so through Israel instead of establishing its own
direct "hot line" with Moscow, according to Israeli intelligence and
military sources speaking to Debka File. Due to political reasons,
however, the US can't admit it, insisting that the two nations continue
to endanger their pilots by not informing each other about their
On Sunday, the US and Israel also began a massive military exercise
known as Blue Flag. Including US, Israeli, Greek and Italian air units,
those drills will last for two weeks, adding even more air traffic to
already overcrowded airspace
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