A ‘skirmish’ between Russian and U.S. forces took place in northern al-Hasakah, when the U.S. military blocked a patrol of the Russian Military Police, the Kurdish-Syrian Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported on January 25.
According to ANHA, the incident took place in the vicinity of the town of Tell Tamr, where the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also maintains a large presence.
After the stand-off, the Russian patrol returned to a base near the border city of Qamishli, north of Tell Tamr, while U.S. forces withdrew back to al-Hasakah city.
“About half an hour after the accident, two Russian helicopters flew over Tell Tamr, American warplanes were also flying [over the region],” the ANHA’s report reads.
This was the fourth such incident in Syria’s northeastern region this month. The previse incident took place earlier this week, with U.S. forces blocking a Russian patrol near the oil-rich area of Rmelan in northeast al-Hasakah.
These actions by U.S. forces could be a part of a wider plan to limit the freedom of operations of the Russian military in northeast Syria.