The US military on Friday denied reports that Russia’s placement of air defense systems in Syria have hampered the US-led coalition’s efforts to bomb Islamic State jihadists in the war-torn country.

Russia has sent surface-to-air missiles to Aleppo in northern Syria, Baghdad-based military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.

“We’ve openly discussed the presence of both Russian and Syrian air defense systems in northern Syria, (but) I can tell you there has not been a significant disruption to our operations,” Warren told Pentagon reporters in a video call.

“We conduct strikes in northwestern Syria continually.”

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