On May 13, a unit of the Russian Military Police intercepted a US military convoy in Syria’s northeastern region, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
According to RusVesna.su, the incident took place near the town of Tell Tamr that is located on the frontline separating Turkish forces and the SDF in northern al-Hasakah. A Russian base and a number of Syrian military posts are located in the outskirts of the town.
“The US military violated the existing mechanisms for conflict presentation and moved, without prior notice to the Russian side, near the town of Tell Tamr … As a result, a large unit of the US military was forced to withdraw by a small group of Russian military personnel, who ensured the safety of traffic along the M4 highway,” RusVesna said in a report.
The M4 highway, which passes next to Tell Tamr, links al-Hasakah with the rest of northeastern and northern Syria. The Russian Military Police are guarding this part of the highway.
The incident is the first in a while. Last year, a number of similar encounters between Russian and US forces took place in northern and northeastern al-Hasakah.
Several units of the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army were deployed in northeastern Syria in October of 2019 in order to secure the region following the withdrawal of US forces from northeastern Aleppo, Raqqa and parts of al-Hasakah.
US forces are now apparently attempting to restate their influence in northeastern Syria by challenging Russian military presence in the region.
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