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US patrol shoots dead member of Syrian government forces near al-Qamishli

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/02/12 12:17

Al-Hasakah - SMART

On Wednesday, a United States patrol killed a member of the Syrian government’s National Defense Forces. The member was trying to intercept the US patrol near the city of al-Qamishli in al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that a US patrol consisting of three vehicles entered the villages of Abu Assi, Dabana, and Khirbet Amo, which are controlled by the Syrian government in the al-Qamishli countryside. Residents and National Defense members surrounded the US patrol, threw stones at its soldiers and shot at them. The US soldiers then shot dead a National Defense member when he tried to climb the US vehicle to take down the US flag, and injured another.

The sources stated that US warplanes flew over the village of Khirbet Amo and broke the sound barrier, as additional US forces arrived to secure the withdrawal of the besieged patrol. A Russian patrol also arrived in the village to calm down the situation.

The US forces intensified patrols in the region as tension rose with the Russian forces after a US patrol intercepted a Russian military convoy near the city of al-Qamishli. The US patrol prevented the Russian convoy from reaching the oil and gas fields in the region, according to a video published by Russian media.

On Oct. 22, 2019, Russia and Turkey agreed on the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the Safe-Zone in Syria. The agreement also included deploying Turkish-Russia patrols in the same area. After this agreement, Turkey announced stopping its military campaign launched on Oct. 9, 2019 against the SDF. During the operation, Turkey and the Syrian National Army gained control of the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, in addition to dozens of villages in the al-Raqqa and al-Hasakah governorates.