June 19, 2017 / 6:09 PM / 5 months ago

White House says retains the right to self defence in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria would retain the right to self- defence, and said the United States would work to keep lines of communication open with Russia amid new tensions.

FILE PHOTO: Two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Super Hornets depart after receiving fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 31, 2017. U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

Russia warned the United States on Monday that it would view as targets any planes flying west of the Euphrates River after the U.S. Army brought down a jet near Raqqa.

“It’s important and crucial that we keep lines of communication open to deconflict potential issues,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters in a briefing.

Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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