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US-Russia Face off: US sends troops and armoured in Syria


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

20th Sep, 2020. 12:54 am
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US-Russia Face off: US sends troops and armoured in Syria

The United States has sent additional troops and armoured vehicles to war-torn Syria. The deployment was sparked by clashes with Russian troops.

According to the reports, clashes between US and Russian troops in the eastern part of Syria have sent more US troops and armored personnel carriers.

Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, said that in addition to increasing the number of troops already in Syria, a radar system has also been deployed adding that the number of fighter jets has also been increased to protect US and allied troops.

The spokesman of the Central Command clarified that the United States does not want to create a new conflict with any country in the region but if necessary, it will take steps to protect the coalition troops.

Significantly, US and Russian forces have clashed several times in eastern Syria.

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said half a dozen Bradley armored vehicles had been dispatched and about 100 troops had been deployed in eastern Syria.

He added that the clear message of this military development is for Russia to avoid as much as possible the future of unsafe and provocative measures against US and allied troops.

 

This year has seen several provocative incidents between US and Russian troops patrolling eastern Syria.

The most violent clash took place last month, in August, when a Russian military vehicle collided with a light American armored vehicle. Four American soldiers were injured in the incident.

A U.S. official said two Russian helicopters were in the air at the time of the incident, while a fighter jet was flying at low altitude. The Russian Defense Ministry blamed the U.S. military for the crash.

It was also said that the US military had been told in advance that a convoy of Russian military police was about to pass, so they made appropriate arrangements, but this was not done and an attempt was made to stop the convoy of military police.

On the other hand, the head of US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said that Russian troops should not be in an area where they were not allowed.

He also said that formal permission to enter the restricted area should have been obtained and that the move by Russian troops could not be justified under any circumstances.

Recently, General McKenzie said that the Russian military is not cooperating in the conflict zone and in this context, all possible measures will be taken to fully protect the American troops.