U.S. forces chased after a unit of the Russian Military Police that was conducting a patrol near a key oil field in northeast Syria.
According to Vedeng News, the incident took place on March 30. The Russian patrol was passing near the Rmelan oil fields when several U.S. armored vehicles took off after them. The outlet shared two videos documenting the incident.
Three days after the incident, the U.S.-led coalition reinforced its main base near Rmelan. Fresh logistic supplies and new equipment were deployed.
In the last few months, U.S. forces blocked several Russian patrols in northeast Syria, specially near the Rmelan oil fields. The recent incident was likely a failed attempt by U.S. forces to prevent the Russian Military Police from patrolling the oil-rich area.
Around 500 U.S. troops are currently deployed near key oil fields in Deir Ezzor and al-Hasakah. Washington claims that its forces are “guarding” these resources from ISIS.
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