On December 12, a unit of the Syrian Army blocked a US military convoy from passing near the Qamishli Airport in the Syrian province of al-Hasakah. The Syrian Army forced US troops to turn around and make a tactical withdrawal.
Over the past months, the Syrian Army and the Russian military increased their presence in the province of al-Hasakah, including the Qamishli Airport. Several Russian military vehicles and helicopters were even deployed there.
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