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US, Syrian and Russian forces involved in deadly checkpoint clash

11:15, Thursday, 13 February, 2020
US, Syrian and Russian forces involved in deadly checkpoint clash

One man was killed when US troops in north-east Syria returned fire after their convoy came under attack near a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.

At one point in the standoff, a Russian army convoy also arrived at the scene in an apparent attempt to mediate the rare confrontation involving US and Syrian fighters.

A Pentagon spokesman said US-led coalition forces were conducting a patrol near the town of Qamishli when they encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-government forces.

“After coalition troops issued a series of warnings and de-escalation attempts, the patrol came under small arms fire from unknown individuals,” said Col Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led coalition.

“In self-defense, coalition troops returned fire,” he said.

US, Syrian and Russian forces involved in deadly checkpoint clash
US, Syrian and Russian forces involved in deadly checkpoint clash
US, Syrian and Russian forces involved in deadly checkpoint clash
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