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VIDEO: US Soldiers Injured in Clash With Russian Forces in Syria

By Wes O’Donnell
Managing Editor of In Military, InCyberDefense and In Space News. Veteran, U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force.

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.

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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Wes O'Donnell

Wes O’Donnell is an Army and Air Force veteran and writer covering military and tech topics. As a sought-after professional speaker, Wes has presented at U.S. Air Force Academy, Fortune 500 companies, and TEDx, covering trending topics from data visualization to leadership and veterans’ advocacy. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning short film, “Memorial Day.”

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