In the swirling melee of conflicting alliances operating in Syria, a Russian convoy clashed with U.S. forces on Tuesday.
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“At approximately 10 a.m. (Syria Time), Aug. 25, a routine Defeat-ISIS Coalition security patrol encountered a Russian military patrol near Dayrick, in northeast Syria,” said John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, in a statement. “During this interaction, a Russian vehicle struck a Coalition Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) causing injuries to the vehicle’s crew.”
A Russian military helicopter can also be seen hovering directly over a stationary American Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) in an apparent attempt to get it to move from its location.
A longer video of the confrontation. US forces appear to be blocking a road and then attempt to block the path of the Russian patrol when they drive through the field. An American MaxxPro MRAP appears to collide with a Russian Typhoon-K MRAP. 319/https://t.co/iCliZSYVY9 pic.twitter.com/xZTtN6l0Ib
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At least 500 American troops continue to operate in eastern Syria to help protect oil fields operated by Kurdish forces from ISIS.
A U.S. official confirmed that videos posted by Russian websites captured Tuesday’s chaotic incident. Most American interactions with Russian forces in Syria are professional and without incident. It is unclear what exactly led to Tuesday’s confrontation.
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