A young Syrian shepperd leads his flock on June 14, 2016 as smoke billows from a farm following a reported airstrike in Sheifuniya, near the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.
/ AFP / Abd Doumany
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Russia launched a second air strike on U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battling ISIS, even after the U.S. military used emergency channels to ask Moscow to stop after the first strike, a U.S. official told Reuters Friday.Washington has refused to join forces with Russia in Syria against ISIS, accusing Russia of acting solely to prop up Assad's government. Moscow began air strikes in Syria last September.Although no U.S. forces were in the area at the time of Thursday's strikes, the U.S. military activated the emergency communications channels with Moscow to tell Russia to stop striking the area, the official said.Some time passed after that communication but Russia carried out a subsequent strike, the U.S. official said.
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