US Forces Collide with Russian Forces in Syria, 4 US Service Members Injured

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US forces collide with Russian force in Syria: Russia claims that the United States blocked a Russian vehicle on Tuesday. The US denies it and says the Russians sideswiped a US military vehicle, and Russian helicopters flew too close to the US vehicles as well. In any case, four US service members received concussions from the collision. US forces interact with Russian forces on a near daily basis in Syria, just not to this level of  confrontation due to “deconfliction protocols” in place. Something went haywire in this situation.

“At approxiately 10 a.m. (Syria Time), Aug. 25, a routine Defeat-ISIS coalition security patrol encounter ed Russian military patrol near Dayrick in northeast Syria. During this interaction, a Russian vehicle struck a Coalition Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle ( M-ATV) causing injuries to the vehicle’s crew.

To de-escalate the situation, the Coalition patrol departed the area..”

 

Military Times reported,

“One official said Russian vehicles sideswiped a light-armored U.S. military vehicle, injuring four Americans. The official said two Russian helicopters flew above the Americans, and one of the aircraft was within about 70 feet the vehicle.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement that a Russian vehicle struck the American vehicle near Dayrick, in northeast Syria.

‘To deescalate the situation, the coalition patrol departed the area,’ Ullyot said. ‘Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of deconfliction protocols, committed to by the United States and Russia in December 2019.'”

Watch this video of the confrontation and see if you can spot who did it. The video is from the Russian vehicle. The Russian forces were not expected to be operating in this area.

BBC reporter Daria Solovieva said the video shows that the Russians violated the deconfliction agreements, and harrassed the US convoy with their military helicopters and vehicles. What did you see?

Of course the Russian side refutes that idea in this post on Telegram:

According to a previous article in Military Times from July, a US General stated that most of the interactions with Russian Forces in Syria are not “contentious.”

“We coexist in some of the same spaces. As we do that, we abide by the deconfliction protocols. Whether it’s on the ground or in the air, we see each other all the time…What you might call harassment, which is, less than absolute professional conduct between the Russians and the U.S., occurs on rare occasions…Our goal is to make sure we abide by the deconfliction protocols, and that we make sure that none of those contacts become escalatory.” Maj. Gen. Kenneth Ekman, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

In this last case, the “interaction” gave our serviece members a concussion.  That’s fairly contentious, don’t you think?

Featured photo: screenshot via Military Times

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