Washington (US), September 19
The US has deployed extra troops and armoured automobiles into japanese Syria after plenty of clashes with Russian forces, together with a current car collision that injured 4 American service members.
Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, stated the US has additionally despatched in radar methods and elevated fighter jet patrols over the area to raised defend American and coalition forces.
“The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary,” stated Urban.
A senior US official stated a half-dozen Bradley combating automobiles and fewer than 100 extra troops have been despatched in to japanese Syria.
The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity to debate particulars of the army transfer, stated the reinforcements are supposed to be a transparent sign to Russia to keep away from any extra unsafe and provocative actions in opposition to the US and its allies there.
There have been plenty of escalating incidents this 12 months between US and Russian forces who patrol in japanese Syria.
The most severe was final month, when officers stated Russian automobiles sideswiped an light-armoured US army car, injuring 4 Americans.
A US official stated on the time that two Russian helicopters additionally flew above the Americans, and one of many plane was inside about 70 ft (20 meters) of the car.
The deployment of the armoured automobiles was first reported by NBC News.
Russia, which backs the Syrian authorities, has lengthy opposed American presence within the nation. The Russian Defense Ministry blamed the US for the car collision.
The ministry stated Russia had notified the US-led coalition in regards to the Russian army police convoy’s route and stated the US tried to dam the Russian patrol.
The 4 American service members injured within the crash obtained concussions. US troops are often accompanied by members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on the patrols, they usually have stayed within the area to root out remaining Islamic State insurgents.
The crash final month passed off close to Dayrick, in northeast Syria, the place Russian troops ought to typically not be current. National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot stated the US patrol left the realm “to deescalate the situation.”
While there have been a number of different current incidents between the American and Russian troops in japanese Syria, officers have described the August crash as probably the most regarding.
This is the second time that Bradleys have been despatched into Syria. They have been used final October in operations with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in missions to defeat the remnants of the Islamic State group and defend oil fields in that space.
The Bradley items are from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armoured Division, based mostly at Fort Bliss, Texas.
“The mechanised infantry assets will help ensure the force protection of coalition forces in an increasingly complex operating environment in northeast Syria,” stated Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led coalition.
“The Coalition forces remain steadfast in our commitment of ensuring the enduring defeat of Daesh.” — AP