"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Air Force Chief: US unlikely to deliver joint air strikes with Russia in Syria- TASS

WASHINGTON, June 15. /TASS/. Chances are slim that the United States will start delivering joint air strikes with Russia in Syria, US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told TASS on Wednesday at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.

"Right now I don't envision that," Welsh said answering a question on whether US will transition to joint air strikes with Russia in Syria. "If there was that discussion, the decision that came out was not to do joint air strikes," he added.

"We still are operating through the memorandum of understanding," he noted. "We are still doing the daily coordination from the operations center with the Russian military. That seems to be doing fairly well in terms of deconfliction," Welsh continued. "It's something I know that General CQ Brown there pays a lot of attention to every day as he tries to keep air operations running. Because deconfliction, communication, the ability to pick up a phone and say ‘what's going on’ is immensely helpful in an effort to avoid any kind of misunderstanding," he stressed.