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The United States and Russia see ISIS as a common enemy but are failing to overcome deep mutual distrust and agree on how to tackle the threat together, making any role for Moscow in the U.S.-led campaign unlikely, U.S. officials say.Washington refuses to consider working together as long as Moscow insists that U.S. strikes need Syrian and U.N. approval.While this all but rules out military collaboration in Syria against ISIS, U.S. officials still see potential for common cause on another front: Aiding Baghdad's battle to roll back the gains by ISIS gains in Iraq.Despite that, Russia could gain from any U.S. success against ISIS, which has been joined by fighters from Russia's Caucasus, a region where Islamist militants are active.U.S. officials say Washington has made no specific request to Moscow to join the coalition or work together in the fight against ISIS.A group of U.S. and Russian foreign policy experts who regularly advise their own governments met privately in Moscow last week, seeking common ground in the fight against ISIS, according to a person close to the matter.
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