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Published time: 6 Oct, 2015 16:32Edited time: 6 Oct, 2015 18:51

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Islamic State terrorists are hiding in mosques because they know that Russian jets would never target such buildings, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said. He also revealed Moscow and Washington are to sign an agreement on coordinating flights.

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Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces are sheltering in mosques and trying to hide their vehicles around them, Antonov told reporters Tuesday, citing video evidence.

“Knowing our careful, respectful attitude to mosques they understand that we would never – under any circumstances – carry out airstrikes against civilian facilities,” he said, following a meeting with Defense press attachés from several countries, with a US representative among them.

Later in the day, Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, also warned that terrorists may be preparing provocations such as…

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