(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) The State Department said Tuesday that the U.S. had “informed” the Syrian government about plans to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets inside Syria but did not request permission, coordinate with Damascus or give any indication of timing.
“We warned Syria not to engage U.S. aircraft. We did not request the regime's permission,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “We did not coordinate our actions with the Syrian government. We did not provide advance notification to the Syrians at a military level, or give any indication of our timing on specific targets. “
Psaki indicated that the communication between Washington and Damascus occurred some time after President Obama’s speech to the nation Sept. 10 about his plans to confront the Islamic State threat.
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