Led coalition clashes with Syria regime loyalists

A clash between a US patrol and Syrian regime forces under the eyes of Russian military police in al Qamishli countryside 12 February 2020

Syria: US troops open fire on locals in northeast, killing 1

Residents said a Russian patrol from a contingent in Qamishli airport was sent to the village, which lies in an area in northeast Syria where Russian, U.S. -backed Syrian Kurdish forces, and the Syrian army all have a presence, Reuters reported. Carla Gleason, travelling with U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper in Brussels, said no Americans were killed in the incident.

The coalition forces were conducting a patrol near Qamishli when they encountered the occupied checkpoint, a USA military spokesman said in a statement, which did not mention any deaths.

"After Coalition troops issued a series of warnings and de-escalation attempts, the patrol came under small arms fire from unknown individuals", Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Myles B. Caggins III said in a statement. A Russian military convoy then moved to de-escalate the situation. The incident is under investigation.

A man has reportedly been killed in a rare confrontation in north-eastern Syria between US-led coalition forces and pro-government militia fighters.

The US-led coalition said its forces in northeast Syria Wednesday confronted gunmen with live fire after one of its patrols came under attack near the city of Qamishli.

On several occasions recently, USA forces have blocked Russian military convoys from carrying out patrol missions in northeast Syria.

At that point, USA troops fired with live ammunition and smoke bombs at the residents, the report said.

A cellphone video from the scene shows American troops standing outside several Oshkosh M-ATVs on a rural road and beside a concrete building. One civilian is seen tearing a US flag as he approaches a soldier who stepped down from the vehicle. Other cellphone video showed men in civilian attire firing on the USA convoy with Kalashnikovs.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, reported that residents and pro-government militiamen in Khirbet Ammo tried to block a coalition patrol and that militiamen fired into the air.

Another witness reported that it was the American troops who fired into the air. Tension escalated and USA troops killed one person, the Observatory said. The human rights organization said it wasn't clear if the killed man was a civilian or a militia member. The Observatory also said that a Russian convoy arrived on the scene to defuse the tension.

Hundreds of US troops are stationed in northeastern Syria, working with their local partners from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to fight against the Islamic State group.

US forces were in control of most of northeast Syria until October, when the Turkish military and its allied Syrian militias launched a campaign against the USA -backed SDF.

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