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Russia And France Agree To Coordinate Airstrikes Against ISIS

French President François Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Thursday in Moscow to discuss uniting their efforts — as well as those of the United States — against the terrorist group.

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France and Russia will coordinate their airstrikes with the U.S. against ISIS, French President François Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced after meeting Thursday in Moscow, the Associated Press reported.

Their remarks mark a newfound unity between world military powers against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

"Terrorism is our enemy," Hollande said. "We know it, it has a name: it's Daesh, the Islamic State."

Hollande also called the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey an "obviously regrettable" incident that showed the need for improved cooperation. Putin said he was open to working with France and the U.S., but he also said there would be "serious consultations" with the U.S. about the downed plane. Putin added that if there were any repeat of the incident, Russia would pull out of any coalition, The Guardian reported.

Turkey is a U.S. ally, and President Barack Obama has noted that Turkey has the right to defend its airspace.

The French president additionally announced that France and Russia would share more intelligence.



Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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