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U.S. jets use warning flares to chase away Russian jets over Syria

December 14, 2017 9:02 PM
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WASHINGTON — Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian planes in Syria on Wednesday after the Russians crossed a "deconfliction line," and the U.S. fired chaff and warning flares in a confrontation that lasted 40 minutes, an American military spokesman said Thursday.

Russian planes have been breaching U.S./coalition airspace up to eight times a day since early November, according to the spokesman for the Air Force Central Command, meaning that 10 percent of Russian flights are crossing the deconfliction line meant to separate U.S. and Russian aircraft.

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