US and Russian military units clash in Syria

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      In an incident that poses the stark danger of an escalating confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers, the Pentagon has reported that four US troops were injured in a collision between their armored vehicle and a Russian patrol in Syria this week.

      Moscow and Washington have traded charges, each blaming the other for the incident, which unfolded on Tuesday morning outside of the Syrian town of Al-Malikiyah located near Syria’s northeastern triple border with Turkey and Iraq.

      US National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot issued a statement Thursday charging that a Russian armored vehicle had “struck” a US Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Accusing Russian forces of having committed “unsafe and unprofessional actions” in violation of “de-confliction protocols” worked out between Washington and Moscow in December 2019, Ullyot added threateningly that “US forces always retain the inherent right and obligation to defend themselves from hostile acts.”

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      For its part, the Russian military charged that the incident was the fault of the US military, the outcome of an apparent provocation. A Russian Defense Ministry statement released following a telephone conversation between the chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, and his US counterpart, Gen. Mark Milley, said that the incident stemmed from “an attempt to block the Russian patrol.” It added that the patrol and its route had been cleared beforehand between the two sides.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Videos of the incident taken from a Russian armored vehicle appears to show the US vehicles attempting to intercept the column as it moved across an open field. The Russian convoy was accompanied by an MI-8 attack helicopter, which hovered over the American armored vehicles.

      Good description of the RT video, is it not?

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      jbnw
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      It certainly looks like the US vehicle is attempting to intercept and interfere – WAY too close with possible contact.

    • #352656
      HassleCat
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      The Russians are there, messing around where they have no business. We use this as a reason to send our military there, to mess around where we have no business.

    • #352658
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @hasslecat There’s a Syrian port that they use as a naval base. It’s the old Czarist dream–a warm water port on the Mediterranean. They’re bound and determined to keep it, and the American imperialists want to take that away from them. That’s a big part of this whole mess, though hardly anyone ever mentions it.

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    • #352665
      Jan Boehmerman
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      The US went in to stir shit and steal oil!

    • #352684
      Black LeBaron
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      Thanks, Jan.  That is the ONLY important point.

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    • #352691
      jbnw
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      The US is invading a sovereign nation against international law.


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    • #352735
      Maedhros
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      It’s perfectly understandable that the Syrian government would seek their assistance when fighting a civil war against Islamist militants.

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      soryang
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      When I was there in the Eastern Med.

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