Another American-Russian confrontation prevents Russian forces from establishing a military base in Hasakah countryside

HASAKAH – Tensions continue to escalate between the Russian and American forces in the regions of North and East Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported yesterday that a convoy of Russian forces left from the town of Tel Tamr heading towards Hasakah city before being intercepted by an American patrol preventing it from advancing. A verbal argument ensued between the two forces. Before the situation could escalate further, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to intervene as a mediator between them.

A second Russian convoy was monitored heading towards al-Kharita village. This convoy, too, was intercepted by American forces who forced it to leave the village.

“The Russians came to al-Kharita village to establish a military base in one of its schools”, some sources reported to SOHR.

Recently, tensions between the Russian and American forces in the region increased dramatically as the American forces intensified patrols on the M4 highway that runs from Hasakah city to Aleppo. It is speculated that the increased American Patrolling is an attempt to limit the Russian role there and to prevent Russian forces from using the highway in the region, forcing it to use the border roads near Turkey.