In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 photo a Russian soldier guards as a military helicopter flies over Palmyra, Syria. Government troops and their allies intensified an offensive Friday against Islamic State militants in central Syria, trying to consolidate their control on the area. Backed by Russian warplanes and fighters from Iranian-backed militias, the Syrian government has enjoyed a series of battlefield successes in recent weeks. It has seen an increase in the territory it controls from a low of only 19 percent of the country earlier this year to currently about 48 percent, according to the Observatory. (AP Photo)

Russia Says US Forces Helping ISIS In Syria, Threatens Retaliation

Russia’s Major Gen. Igor Konashenkov noted that a number of recent ISIS attacks have come from sites very close to US positions, and relied on “precise coordinates.”