This is the shocking moment when a military vehicle from the United States and a Russian armored truck collide in Syria while American troops seem to be driving their rivals off-road.
The images, posted online, are said to have been filmed on Wednesday in Qamishli, in the northeast of the country, from a civilian car.
It appears that there are two US military vehicles on display, including the M-ATV involved in the collision, and a convoy of three Russian trucks, including the 4×4 Tigr running off the road, fighting for space and position on the highway.
The two trucks even seem to hit each other at some point while a local citizen desperately ran out of the way to prevent him from being hit.
US Central Command has confirmed that it is investigating the incident. Navy Capt. William Urban told Task and purpose: “We are aware of the video and we are watching it right now.”
An Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson said Military times the Russian patrol vehicle had “violated the de-confliction protocols” and was “escorted out of the area.”
The images, posted online, are said to have been filmed Wednesday in Qamishli, in the northeast of the country, from a civilian car
The two trucks even seem to hit each other at some point while a nearby citizen desperately ran out of the way to prevent him from being hit
The two trucks even seem to hit each other in one stage while civilians in the neighborhood run out desperately to be hit by the colliding vehicles
Col. Myles B. Caggins III said in a statement: “On February 19, 2020, a Russian patrol violated the de-confliction protocols and did not abide by the de-confliction measures, and was escorted out of US operations.
“The purpose of the coalition is to de-escalate all unplanned encounters with other troops operating in northeastern Syria. The incident with the video control is assessed. ”
Colonel Caggins III added in a statement to DailyMail.com: “The purpose of the coalition is to de-escalate all unplanned encounters with other forces operating in northeastern Syria.
‘The video control incident is being assessed. We usually do not publicly share details of our frequent communication with Russian deconstruction. ”
The 45-second clip starts with the Russian convoy behind American trucks. While the Russians are trying to overtake the Americans, American troops are trying to block their movement before they are sent off the road.
It is not known whether the Russian convoy was warned before the collision.
In February, the US stepped up warnings to Russia about their Syria policies and said that Moscow was trying to challenge America’s northeastern Syria by violating the terms of a de-confliction agreement and also helped escalate the fighting in the northwestern province of Idlib.
James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria’s involvement and the fight against the Islamic state, said the United States was “very concerned” about the Syrian government’s attack on Russia, supported by Russia, and he repeated calls to Moscow to stop it.
President Donald Trump softened his plans to withdraw US troops from Syria following the withdrawal of Congress, and has retained around 600 troops, mostly in northeastern Syria to continue the fight against the Islamic State.
The 45-second clip starts with the Russian convoy behind American trucks. While the Russians are trying to overtake the Americans, American troops are trying to block their movement before they are sent off the road. It is not known whether the Russian convoy has been warned
Northeast Syria is a complicated battlefield with troops from the United States, Turkey and Russia, as well as the Syrian government and in-line Iranian militias operating, sometimes in the immediate vicinity.
Moscow has filled the vacuum of US withdrawal from the area, stepped up its military presence in northeastern Syria, and de-confliction agreements between the two parties ensure that they avoid collisions.
But Jeffrey said there have been more incidents in which Russia violated the conditions for de-confliction in what he characterized as an attempt to challenge the American presence there.
“We have seen a limited number of times that … they have tried to get deep into the area where we and the SDF are patrolling well within the baselines that we have outlined. Those are the ones that worry me, “he said, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) working with Washington in northeastern Syria.
He said that although the number of such incidents was not very high, they were on the rise. “That’s disturbing,” he said, calling on Moscow to fully abide by de-confliction agreements with the United States.