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Wednesday, September 21

No PA system or pagers at U.S. operations center, eh? What if it had involved a nuke?

What's that? What looks like a nuke heading your way? Can you call back in ten minutes? Your contact is still on his coffee break. 

Okay, I'll buy the Brooklyn Bridge but I doubt the Russian command is interested in buying any more bridges from the USA.   
Russia Had to Call U.S. Twice to Stop Syria Airstrike
Paul McLeary
September 20, 2016 - 4:08 PM EDT
Foreign Policy
Saturday, about 30 minutes after precision bombs from an armada of American, British, Danish, and Australian warplanes began smashing into a large group of Islamic State fighters gathered near Deir el-Zour, Syria, the phone rang.
But there was a problem. No one at the operations center for the U.S.-led coalition could figure out what the Russian officer on the other end of the line was on about.
So he hung up, and called back.
By time the Russian officer found his designated contact — who was away from his desk — and explained that the coalition was actually hitting a Syrian army unit, “a good amount of strikes” had already taken place, U.S. Central Command spokesman Col. John Thomas told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday.
U.S. commanders called off the strike within minutes, but the damage had been done. The incident Saturday killed an estimated 60 Syrian soldiers  ...

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