US Army sends reinforcement to Syria after clashes with Russian troops
The US army has sent reinforcements to Syria after a spate of clashes with Russian soldiers and the worrying resurgence of ISIS.
A senior US official last night revealed multiple Bradley armored vehicles and around 100 additional troops have now been sent back to Syria.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to avoid any more “unsafe and provocative actions” against the US and its allies.
It has deployed units to the east of the country just three weeks after US troops were injured when a Russian military vehicle rammed their patrol.
“The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary,” Mr Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command, said in a statement on Friday.
The move would “ensure the safety and security of Coalition forces” he added.
Mr Urban did not mention Russia by name, but a separate statement from a US official, first reported by NBC News, was more pointed.
“These actions and reinforcements are a clear signal to Russia to adhere to mutual de-confliction processes and for Russia and other parties to avoid unprofessional, unsafe and provocative actions in north-east Syria,” the unnamed US official said.
The move comes amid reports ISIS are once again rampant in the country after a string of suicide attacks and prison breaks.
Over the years, there have been frequent interactions between US and Russian forces in Syria. But in recent weeks, incidents in north-east Syria have become increasingly belligerent.
At the end of August, seven American soldiers were injured in a collision with a Russian vehicle. The Russian and US governments blamed each other for the collision, which was filmed and posted to Twitter.
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