US Army Convoy Under Fire …

Video footage from Syria shows local pro Assad militia opening fire on a US army convoy in Khirbat Amo in northern al-Hasakah in Syria today. Russian forces where present on the side of the pro Assad militias during the time of the attack conducted with stones and small arms fire but did not took part in it.

A U.S. military spokesman said coalition forces conducting a patrol near Qamishli encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian government forces. After coalition troops issued “a series of warnings and de-escalation attempts,” the patrol came under small-arms fire, coalition spokesman Myles Caggins said.

“In self-defense, coalition troops returned fire. The situation was de-escalated and is under investigation,” he added in a statement.

A Syrian was killed and another was wounded in order of this and Syrian state-run media said the killed man was a civilian. He was among residents of a village east of the town of Qamishli who had gathered at an army checkpoint, pelting the U.S. convoy with stones and taking down a U.S. flag from one of the vehicles.

This incident marks a new point of escalation between the US and Russia in the long lasting Syrian civil war.

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