Associated Press: Washington sends troops and armored vehicles to Syria to confront Russia

The American Associated Press reported on Saturday, that the United States has sent additional forces and armored vehicles to eastern Syria to confront Russia.

The agency said, that Washington sent additional forces and armored vehicles to eastern Syria, after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision, which resulted in the injury of 4 American soldiers.

The agency quoted US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban as saying that the United States has also sent radar systems and increased fighter patrols over the area to protect its forces and coalition forces.

Urban added, “The United States does not seek a conflict with any other country in Syria, but will defend the coalition forces if necessary”.

A senior US official told the same agency that “Washington has sent 6 Bradley armored vehicles and less than 100 additional soldiers to eastern Syria”.

“The reinforcements aim to be a clear signal to Russia to avoid any provocative and unsafe acts against the United States and its allies there,” the official added, on condition of anonymity.

Last August, Washington revealed a confrontation between a routine security patrol of the international coalition against “ISIS”, and a Russian military one, near the city of al Malikiyah, northeastern Syria.

It indicated that the Russian vehicle hit an MATV vehicle in “anti-minesweepers belonging to the coalition, which caused injury to its crew, pointing out that” in order to calm the situation, the coalition patrol left the area.

It is noteworthy that last June, Russian military forces arrived, via helicopters and armored vehicles, to the village of Qasr Deeb in the city of al Malikiyah, where they were stationed there.

However, US patrols blocked the way on trucks carrying logistical equipment to the point where the Russian forces landed, and forced them to return to Qamishli, near the Syrian-Turkish border.

On several previous occasions, US patrols intercepted the Russian convoys trying to reach the oil fields in the region.