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Hollande becomes critical link between U.S., Russia

French President Francois Hollande now has two missions: protect his country from terrorism, and see if he can patch up an increasingly tense relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Hollande on Thursday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the hope of convincing Russia to work alongside the 65-member coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria.

Initial reports indicated he may have had some success. Putin reportedly told Hollande that Russia is "prepared to work with you" against ISIS, and another report said Hollande got Russia to agree only to hit ISIS targets in Syria.

"What we agreed, and this is important, is to strike only terrorists and Daesh and to not strike forces that are fighting terrorism," Hollande said, according to CNBC. "We will exchange information about whom to hit and whom not to hit."

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