US patrol intercepts Russian patrol in northern al-Hasakah
Al-Hasakah - SMART
On Wednesday, a United States patrol intercepted a Russian patrol near the city of al-Malikiyah, 145 kilometers northeast of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, and prevented it from continuing its path.
A private source from the Kurdish People's Protection Units, who preferred to remain anonymous, reported to SMART that a US patrol consisting of four military vehicles intercepted a Russian patrol that includes five vehicles east of the city of al-Malikiyah.
The source stated that the Russian patrol withdrew from the site on the main road (10 kilometers east of al-Malikiyah) after the accident, while the US patrol returned to the city of al-Qamishli (82 kilometers east of al-Hasakah).
The source noted that the US patrol came from the city of al-Qamishli after the Russian patrol started, suspecting that the US patrol deliberatly blocked the Russian forces' path and forced them to return.
The US forces intensified their patrols in the area after tension rose with the Russian forces. Earlier, a US patrol intercepted a Russian military convoy on the outskirts of the city of al-Qamishli, and prevented it from reaching the oil and gas fields in the area, according to a video published by Russian media.
On Oct. 22, 2019, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the safe zone in Syria, and the deployment of joint patrols there. Later, Turkey stopped the military operation launched against the SDF on Oct. 9. During the operation, Turkey gained control of the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, in addition to dozens of villages in the governorates of al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa.