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Russia Claims Convoy Rammed U.S. Military In Syria In Self-Defense

August 27, 2020

The Russian Defense Ministry claims a Russian patrol in Syria acted in self-defense when a vehicle in a military convoy rammed a coalition vehicle carrying U.S. soldiers.

Four U.S. soldiers reportedly suffered "mild concussion-like symptoms" as a result of the incident, which took place on the morning of August 26 in northeastern Syria.

Video of the encounter shows multiple Russian military vehicles traveling across an open field when they encounter U.S. military vehicles blocking a nearby road. The collision appears to occur after U.S. vehicles enter the field in an attempt to prevent the Russian convoy from advancing.

U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the incident by telephone with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, coalition forces in Syria had been notified about the Russian convoy's planned route, and the Russian military took "necessary steps" to end the incident and "further implement the assigned task."

U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said on August 26 that the coalition patrol vehicles left the area to "deescalate the situation," calling the Russian military's actions "unprofessional" and a violation of deconfliction protocols agreed by the United States and Russia in 2019.

Based on reporting by The New York Times, Politico, and TASS

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-claims -convoy-rammed-u-s-military-in-syria- in-self-defense/30805493.html

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