Fresh Russian-US Confrontation Reported in Syria


Moscow Times: Russian and U.S. forces have faced off for what could be the fourth time in less than two weeks in oil-rich northeastern Syria, the local Kurdish news outlet Anha reported Saturday.

Video of the reported standoff in the Hasakah province showed a Russian-flagged armored vehicle and what appeared to be two U.S. Army armored vehicles standing on a highway off-ramp.

Following the “skirmish” at the entrance to the town of Tal Tamr — which lies on a highway to the region’s key oilfields — the U.S. and Russian convoys reportedly headed in different directions.

Russian helicopters and U.S. warplanes flew over Tal Tamr half an hour after the incident, Anha reported. The outlet did not say how long the standoff lasted.

American troops have blocked a Russian convoy from accessing oil fields at least four times in the past eight days, Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper reported Sunday. U.S. troops also “blocked” a Russian military patrol from accessing an oilfield in the Hasakah town of Rmelan on Jan. 18.

The latest standoff took place two days after Kurdish forces similarly prevented Russian troops from passing through a major city to establish a military zone near the Rmelan oilfield, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.

Commenting on that incident, a top U.S.-led coalition commander said “the Russians are always testing us,” Anadolu reported Thursday.

U.S. and Russian forces maintain bases in northeastern Syria.

The two countries have experienced “hiccups” in their military deconfliction efforts in Syria, James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syrian engagement and the anti-Islamic State coalition, said Thursday.

Russia has waged an air and sea campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2015 as Moscow’s Middle East ally has grappled with a years-long civil war. The U.S.-led coalition deployed in the war-torn country in 2014.

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  1. U.S.-led coalition commander said “the Russians are always testing us,”

    okay now this is another Bullshit Statement from Another Huge Liar …… This Statement is opposite of Reality …… USA is Persona non grata and illegal in Syria and Greedy to loot Whatever it can Whereas the Russians were invited and then this Russian vehicle seemed to be on the usual patrol BUT Americans are Expanding to maintain ” Deterrance ” But the Nextime some Sukhoi bombs these Armored vehicles to the Heavens then don’t at least ask me to be Sympathetic …….

    • IF I was There in Syria AND asked to go intercept a Normal Russian Patrol at this given Point then I’d talk to my mates and We’d go but we’d go for a long drive Anywhere BUT THERE just to waste time and later report ” We didn’t find Anything “

  2. Assad and Putin look weak here. Assad should put up a large sign where the US troops are:
    “YOU ARE ILLEGALLY TRESPASSING HERE AND STEALING OUR OIL. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY OR BE DEMOLISHED”. If they fail to leave demolish them. All U.S. troops are accessories to the crimes of criminal trespass and theft of oil. Shame on them. And shame on the cowardly generals who give such illegal orders in our good names. And shame on Coward Donald Adolph Hitler who should go over there himself.

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