Syrian military blocked a US convoy and forced it to withdraw
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The military patrol of the U.S. Army was blocked and and forced to withdraw by parts of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on May 20 in the province of Hasakah, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Al Masdar News.
Government forces blocked a U.S. Army convoy near the village of Umm Al-Khair in the west of Tel Tamar. The Syrian military took to the road and did not allow the US military to enter the village.
The US convoy, consisting of four armored vehicles with machine guns, turned around and departed in the opposite direction.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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