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U.S. and Russian warplanes almost crashed into each other over Syria. And almost as important, those aircraft included America's vaunted but untried F-22 stealth fighter, and Russia's Su-35.

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The Cold War-era Su-24 “Fencer” strike jet was designed to penetrate enemy air defenses at low levels. And a pair of Russian Su-24s appeared to be testing their ability to do just that when they flew a series of simulated attacks runs on the USS Donald Cook soon after it departed from the Polish port of Gdynia.

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