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  1. The battle began when Russia’s Министерство Обороны (Ministry of Defense) sent the following tweet on Thursday, accusing the United States of conducting airstrikes with two A-10s within Syria.
    Tweet 1
  2. United States Army Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), responded with scathing remarks against Russia’s operations… Tweet 2
  3. Not wanting to back down from a fight, the Russian MOD fired back.Tweet 3
  4. Col. Warren responds, essentially saying “check yourself, Russia.”Tweet 4
  5. Only a few minutes went by, and Col. Warren followed up with another tweet including a link to DoD strike summaries.Tweet 5
  6. But then Russian MOD goes on to brag about Russian airstrike in Aleppo! Hmmm…Tweet 6
  7. It didn’t take long for Team USA to pick up on that discrepancy.Tweet 7
  8. …and then follow up with a link to U.N. report on humanitarian crisis in Aleppo http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53207#.Vr9smsLMuhdTweet 8
  9. Russian MOD attempts to re-assure its followers..Tweet 9
  10. USA fires back, questioning the truth of Russia’s statement.Tweet 10
  11. Then finally, in a bizarre turn, Russia expresses concern over the accuracy of their maps. Let’s translate: “Wait, do we know where our bombs are going?”
    Tweet 11

 

Today, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told European Leaders he objected to the accusations, stating there was no evidence of Russian bombing of civilians. He also remarked that we are slipping into a “new cold war”, but these tweets seemed pretty heated!

 

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Chris Fox is a Project Coordinator at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he recently graduated with an MPA. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), where his focus was on homegrown violent extremism. He also holds a BA in Psychology and an AAS in Information Systems Management. Chris served for seven years as a TACP, is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and continues to serve as a JTAC Instructor in the Texas Air National Guard.