US Attacks Syrian Army Checkpoint, One Killed, Two Wounded
Footage shows a heavy exchange of gunfire after which the Syrians say the Americans returned with helicopter gunships
Syrian state media reports that one Syrian soldier was killed, and two wounded when their positions in northeast Syria came under attack by a pair of US helicopter gunships.
The US confirmed a clash between Pentagon troops and Syrians at a checkpoint near Qamishli, and footage from the incident shows an exchange of ground fire.
Since I saw a several incorrect location pointing, I am giving the exact place where #SAA checkpoint was attacked by US patrol southwest of #Qamishli city yesterday. This is SAA crossing point with YPG-held territories since the end of February 2015.https://t.co/3sDrHva8wm pic.twitter.com/bkJpICofjg
— Dalany Mokus (@DalanyMokus) August 18, 2020
Pentagon denies carrying out “airstrikes” but it is unclear if an attack by a helicopter gunship would qualify or not:
“After receiving safe passage from the pro-regime forces, the patrol came under small arms fire from individuals in the vicinity of the checkpoint,” Col. Myles B. Caggins III, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement. “Coalition troops returned fire in self-defense. The Coalition did not conduct an airstrike. No Coalition casualties occurred.”
🔴On 8/17, @CJTFOIR & @cmoc_sdf, conducting a routine anti-ISIS security patrol near Tal Al-Zahab, encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian regime forces…the patrol [was attacked]. Coalition troops returned fire in self-defense. No Coalition casualties. Full Statement 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/3qWFrZh1wR
— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) August 17, 2020
Frankly, the Syrian outpost does not look like something it would take attack helicopters to subdue:
At the height of the civil war in Syria its national army largely withdrew from the mixed Kurdish-Arab northeast of the country in order to concentrate forces on the more strategically key areas in the urban West where Al-Qaeda and other Islamist factions were ascendant.
The vacuum in the northeast was filled by local Kurdish militias but the Syrian army retained a few enclaves, notably near the ethnically mixed Arab-Kurdish city of Qamishli.
Aftermath of .50 BMG tearing through the SAA checkpoint near Qamishli today during the firefight with American forces pic.twitter.com/ccuR48Xc7Y
— Woofers (@NotWoofers) August 17, 2020
Image reportedly from the location of the strike. pic.twitter.com/KHhlOdN45Z
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) August 17, 2020
E. #Syria: first photos showing the #SAA checkpoint targeted by US helicopters is partially destroyed. Helicopters fired a the position after a US patrol was blocked in SE. Qamishli countryside. One soldier dead & 2 wounded. pic.twitter.com/f0pxkSsFpx
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) August 17, 2020