US brinkmanship in syria

US Apache Helicopters Chase After Russian Patrol In Syria, Intercepted By Mi-8 And Mi-35
South Front, Sep 19 2020

On Sep 16, two US Apache attack helicopters attempted to approach a Russian military police patrol in the Syrian province of Haseka. This goes against the agreement between the two countries in Syria. In response, the Mi-35 and Mi-8 helicopters accompanying the Russian patrol stopped the provocation by intercepting the American helicopters. The Americans quickly retreated, flying a long distance away.

Initial reports were that the Apache helicopters were chasing after the Russian convoy and that was the entire incident, but then subsequent footage was released showing that they were, in fact, intercepted.

The channel said:

Two American AH-64 Apache combat helicopters, violating the agreements on the interaction of the parties, accompanied the convoy of Russian military personnel. Apparently, the command of the International Coalition, after serious physical and mental trauma to its servicemen, has not abandoned attempts to control the movement of Russian patrols, only now without creating obstacles on the ground.

This refers to a previous incident in which a Russian vehicle rammed a US vehicle in Syria, and 4 US troops were injured. According to reports, the four US troops have been diagnosed with mild concussion-like symptoms after the incident involving Russian and coalition armored vehicles. The incident occurred on Aug 25, when a routine security patrol encountered Russian troops near Dayrick in northeast Syria, US NSC spox John Ullyot. A Russian vehicle struck a coalition vehicle, injuring its crew, he said, adding that the coalition patrol then left the area “to deescalate the situation.” Ullyot condemned the Russian actions in the statement. Ullyot said:

Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of de-confliction protocols, committed to by the US and Russia in Dec 2019. The Coalition and the US do not seek escalation with any national military forces, but US forces always retain the inherent right and obligation to defend themselves from hostile acts.

Incidents such as these appear to be happening more frequently, with tensions between Russian and American troops being heightened. It could also be a result of some US troops being redeployed inside Syria to secure the oil fields that the Kurdish SDF defend, while a US company begins carrying out work on exploiting them.

US-Led Coalition Deployed M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles In Northeastern Syria
South Front, Sep 19 2020

The US-led coalition announced on September 18 that it had deployed mechanized infantry assets, including M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), in northeastern Syria. In an official statement, coalition spokesman Col Wayne Marotto said the IFVs were deployed to “ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. CJTF-OIR plans to position mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Syria to ensure the protection of Coalition forces and preserve their freedom of movement so they may continue Defeat Daesh operations safely,” the spokesman said.
The Bradley IFV is armed with a 25 mm M242 chain gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial M240C machine gun and a dual TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile launcher. The M2A2 version was upgraded with additional armors, a better engine and an improved targeting system. In October of last year, the US-led coalition deployed a number of M2A2 IFVs in northeastern Syria after withdrawing its troops from Aleppo and Raqqa. The step was meant to ensure the coalition’s main local ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces. The new deployment was seen by many observers as a step to counter the growing Russian presence in northeastern Syria. In the last few months, U.S. forces made serious efforts to restrict the movement of Russian troops in the region. This led to several incidents. In one of the most recent incident, seven US service members were injured.

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