WASHINGTON -- In talks aimed at avoiding unintended U.S.-Russian confrontations in the skies over Syria, Pentagon officials complained to the Russian military on Thursday that their airstrikes are hitting places where few, if any, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters are operating, administration officials said.
Tensions between the U.S. and Russia are escalating over Russian airstrikes that apparently are serving to strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad by targeting rebels -- perhaps including some aligned with the U.S. -- rather than hitting ISIS fighters it promised to attack.
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