The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

American Forces pursue Russian columns preventing them from establishing military base in rural Hasakah

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored today a column of the Russian forces set off from Tal Tamr city heading towards al-Hasakah, before being intercepted by an American patrol that was waiting for it at al-Wazir area which is hosting a US base, and prevented it from continuing towards Al-Hasakah.

Verbal altercations took place between both forces and evolved into raising weapons, but the Syria Democratic Forces intervened as a mediator between them.

In the meantime, the Syrian Observatory monitored this afternoon a Russian column headed to al-Kharita village located in al-Hasakah road heading towards Jabal Qazuzana.

The Russian column was intercepted by US Forces which forced the column to get out of the village.

Sources said that the Russians came to the village to set up a military base in one of the schools.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored on the 21st of January 2020 that the Russian forces have deployed advanced air defense missile systems at al-Qamishli Airbase in the far northeast of Syria, amid escalating tension between Russian forces and their American counterpart in north-eastern region of Syria.

Syrian Observatory activists monitored a state of tension continuing between the U.S. forces and their Russian counterpart. Each side tries to extend its influence and control over the area and the strategic highway of Al-Haskah – Aleppo in particular.

Recently, the area had been the scene of heightened tension and daily skirmishes between both sides. Also the U.S. forces prevented movements of Russian patrols in several areas.

Reliable sources informed the Syrian Observatory that U.S. forces were deployed at the entrances and exits of the strategic town of Tal Tamr which is a link between Al-Hasakah – Al-Qamishli – Aleppo. They were also deployed at the entrance of Abu Rasin (Zarkan) and the junction in Ghabish village, and ran many patrols on Aleppo – Al-Hasakah highway known as “M4”.