US Marines enters Syria to disrupt Russian operations in the region
DAMASCUS, (BM) – A heavily armed convoy of the US Army with the Marine Corps arrived in Hasakah province to disrupt the Russian operation, Al Masdar News reports May 21, citing a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“The US dispatch of hundreds of marines to Syria is believed to disrupt the Russian military operation in Al-Hasakah in the context of its active support of Syria in regional security and M-4 national highway connecting Al-Hasakah with Aleppo,” the document says.
The organization clarifies that this happened against the background of the active support of Syria from Russia in the field of regional security and the protection of the M4 highway between the cities of Hasaka and Aleppo.
According to the organization, the US sent 200 Marines to Syria this week. They were tasked with strengthening the US military base in the Istrah-Wazir region.
Recall, on May 20, in the province of Hasaka, a confrontation occurred between the Syrian government forces and the US Army. The Syrian military did not allow an American convoy to enter the village of Umm Al-Khayr. They blocked the road from forcing the US military to turn around.
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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