US troops block Russian armored convoy, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

The incident took place in Syria’s Hasakah region where both sides hold their military bases
14:30, 3 February 2020

U.S. Army snipers with M-16

U.S. forces blocked the path of Russian armored convoy in the Hasakah region in northeastern Syria. The Moscow Times reported that with the reference to the Voice of America (VOA).

Such incidents have been taking place "several times in the past month", the medium reported. Both sides hold their military bases in the area.

"A VOA reporter saw U.S. Humvees patrolling one of the two towns that, along with a highway, have become a dividing line after Turkey invaded northeastern Syria in October. The outlet did not report any injuries after the latest standoff. While U.S. troops pulled out from nearby areas after Turkey’s incursion, around 500 American troops remain in the area to protect oil fields and prevent the re-emergence of the Islamic State terrorist group", The Moscow Times wrote.

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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that heated conversations between the Russians and the Americans have been a regular thing here, adding that "Kurdish forces have stepped in as mediators between Russian and U.S. troops".

The Russian outlet also quoted a local man from al-Malikiyah town who spoke with VOA. “They have their own disputes. They block roads here and there,” the civilian reported.

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