US ready to begin military talks with Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is prepared for direct military-to-military talks with Russia over Syria, where the two countries may begin operating in the same airspace against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). (The Hill)

The ministers noted the restoration of military-to-military contacts and agreed to continue consultations,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said. (Russia Today)

The deployment of four jets at Latakia boosts Russia’s military presence, which already includes helicopter gunships, artillery and as many as 500 Russian naval infantry forces, US officials said on Friday. (BBC)