U.S. troops injured in incident with Russian forces in Syria, U.S. officials say

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27 August 2020

A small number of U.S. troops were injured during an incident with Russian forces in Syria, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

While such interactions between American and Russian forces are not rare, the incident highlights the risks of troops from both countries operating in close proximity in northern Syria and the potential for an escalation in tensions. 

One of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the injuries were a result of a collision and not any exchange of fire. 

The other official said the incident took place earlier this week in northeastern Syria and the injuries were mild. 

The Pentagon and the U.S. military’s Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in the region, declined to comment. 

The U.S. military said the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley spoke with his Russian counterpart on Wednesday, but provided no details on what was discussed. 

The U.S. military does not generally comment on injuries. However, last month a paratrooper was killed during a vehicle rollover accident in eastern Syria. 

Videos on social media showed Russian military vehicles, backed by a pair of helicopters, driving dangerously close to U.S. armored vehicles. The origin of the videos was unclear. 

Earlier this year, another video showed a close interaction between troops on a Syrian road.

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