On September 16th, two US Apache attack helicopters attempted to approach a Russian military police patrol in the Syrian province of Haseka.
This goes against the agreement between the two countries in Syria.
In response, the Mi-35 and Mi-8 helicopters accompanying the Russian patrol stopped the provocation by intercepting the American helicopters.
The Americans quickly retreated, flying a long distance away.
Initial reports were that the Apache helicopters were chasing after the Russian convoy and that was the entire incident, but then subsequent footage was released showing that they were, in fact, intercepted.
“Two American AH-64 Apache combat helicopters, violating the agreements on the interaction of the parties, accompanied the convoy of Russian military personnel,” the channel said.
“Apparently, the command of the International Coalition, after serious physical and mental trauma to its servicemen, has not abandoned attempts to control the movement of Russian patrols, only now without creating obstacles on the ground,” they added.
This refers to a previous incident in which a Russian vehicle rammed a US vehicle in Syria, and 4 US troops were injured.
According to reports, the four U.S. troops have been diagnosed with mild concussion-like symptoms after the incident involving Russian and coalition armored vehicles.
The incident occurred on August 25th, when a routine security patrol encountered Russian troops near Dayrick in northeast Syria, US National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot.
A Russian vehicle struck a coalition vehicle, injuring its crew, he said, adding that the coalition patrol then left the area “to de-escalate the situation.”
Ullyot condemned the Russian actions in the statement.
“Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of de-confliction protocols, committed to by the United States and Russia in December 2019,” Ullyot said. “The Coalition and the United States do not seek escalation with any national military forces, but U.S. forces always retain the inherent right and obligation to defend themselves from hostile acts.”
Videos taken by the Russian MoD's Zvezda TV channel of the abandoned US base near Manbij. Russian journalists were escorted to the base by Russian military police.https://t.co/tymCrxk2M0 pic.twitter.com/5N3xolmlXO
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) October 19, 2019
Two more videos of Russian forces in Syria. Not sure if this video was also taken on August 24 before the fracas between Russian and American forces. The video shows a US MaxxPro MRAP, and Russian Typhoon-K, Tigr, Mi-8AMTSh, and Mi-35M. 316/https://t.co/H70Iz7dAke pic.twitter.com/BW0VLP324B
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) August 26, 2020
A longer video of the confrontation. US forces appear to be blocking a road and then attempt to block the path of the Russian patrol when they drive through the field. An American MaxxPro MRAP appears to collide with a Russian Typhoon-K MRAP. 319/https://t.co/iCliZSYVY9 pic.twitter.com/xZTtN6l0Ib
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) August 26, 2020
Incidents such as these appear to be happening more frequently, with tensions between Russian and American troops being heightened.
It could also be a result of some US troops being redeployed inside Syria to secure the oil fields that the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) defend, while a US company begins carrying out work on exploiting them.
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