U.S. patrol attacked close to Qamishli in Syria

Defence Blog

On Feb. 12, U.S. army convoys, conducting a patrol close to Qamishli in northeast, Syria, encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian regime forces.

After U.S. troops issued a collection of warnings and de-escalation makes an attempt, the patrol got here beneath small arms fireplace from unknown people. In self-defense, Coalition troops returned fireplace.

“The scenario was de-escalated and is beneath investigation. The Coalition patrol returned to base,” mentioned Coalition army spokesman, Col. Myles B. Caggins III.

It was unclear whether or not the confrontation was between U.S. army personnel and the militia members, civilian protesters, or a mixture of each. Russian forces later arrived on the scene to mediate, in response to different studies.

Video posted to social media appeared to point out no less than 4 U.S. armored automobiles stopped on a highway with army personnel on foot. A second video confirmed armored automobiles with Russian and Syrian flags.

Some sources reported that one injured individual in a Syrian Arab Military uniform was taken to a close-by hospital, whereas Syrian state media SANA reported {that a} civilian was killed and one other injured within the confrontation.

Residents attacked the convoy after U.S. troopers opened fireplace on civilians, in response to the SANA report, which has not been verified.

Based on Voice of America, U.S. forces had been accountable for most of northeast Syria till October, when the Turkish army and its allied Syrian militants launched a marketing campaign in opposition to the U.S.-backed SDF. Since then, Russian forces and the Syrian authorities have entered the border area between Turkey and northeast Syria with the intention of filling the realm evacuated by U.S. forces.