Fast & Furious: US convoy tries to stop Russian armored vehicle in Syria [video]
DAMASCUS, (BM) – A new video has surfaced of the U.S. Armed Forces encircling a Russian military vehicle in northeastern Syria and forcing it to stop, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.
In the video, the U.S. forces can be seen encircling the Russian BTR-80 vehicle as it was attempting to conduct a patrol along a roadway near the Al-Qamishli District in the Al-Hasakah District.
The video’s date is not known; however, over the last 24 hours, there have been reports of U.S. and Russian troops engaging one another in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
The most recent incident that is known happened in the Al-Qamishli countryside on Thursday.
A number of U.S. vehicles attempted to block a Russian military patrol, but they were unsuccessful in stopping the latter, as they simply drove off road to go around them.
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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