Russian, U.S. army chiefs discussed Syria by phone - RIA

FILE PHOTO - Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during celebrations on Christmas Eve at a U.S. airfield in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Chief of the General Staff of the armed forces Valery Gerasimov and his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford have discussed the situation in Syria by phone, RIA news agency reported on Saturday, citing the Russian Defence Ministry.

Details of the call have not been disclosed.

The talks took place after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier on Saturday a military operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region had begun after cross-border shelling by the Turkish army.


(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Alexander Smith)

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