Highway Rage: US army runs Russian army car off street in Syria

A US army M-ATV mine-resistant car ran a Russian Tigr armored utility car off the street in northeast Syria, in accordance with a video printed by a Syrian civilian. It’s unclear when precisely the video was recorded.

A digicam inside an apparently civilian car captured the incident that reportedly happened close to the city of Qamishli, close to the Turkish border, in accordance with The Drive. 

A Russian convoy consisting of three autos was driving behind two American army when one the Russian Tigr tried to move the American autos on the correct, going off street after which wedging itself between the 2 American autos. The M-ATV responded by trying to dam the Russians from passing any additional after which driving them off the street. The 2 autos might have hit at one level.

A civilian bystander may be seen leaping out of the way in which of the Tigr simply in time to keep away from being hit. The Russian and American autos got here to a cease because the civilian car drove by.

Tensions have been excessive between Russian, Syrian, American and Turkish forces in Syria in latest months, particularly as clashes broke out between Syria and Turkey.

Final week, a Syrian civilian was killed and one other wounded as American and Syrian forces clashed close to Qamishli, across the similar space the place the video was reportedly recorded, in accordance with the Syrian state information company SANA.

The incident started after Syrian Armed Forces troopers prevented 4 US autos from crossing a street close to the village of Khirbet Ammo. Tons of of native residents gathered within the space to assist forestall the autos from crossing, and the American forces opened fireplace on the civilians, killing one and injuring one other. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) described the Syrians concerned within the incident as armed Assad regime loyalists.

The villagers broken 4 of the American armored autos, and the US forces referred to as in reinforcements together with 5 extra armored autos to evacuate the broken autos and troopers.

In Bweir al-Bouassi, one other close by village, locals blocked the passage of US armored autos and pelted them with rocks. A number of younger males climbed on prime of one of many autos and eliminated the US flag from it.


Later, the US carried out airstrikes on Khirbet Ammo, in accordance with SANA. “Direct clashes with mild weapons” broke out between residents of Khirbet Ammo and the American forces. The forces subsequently withdrew from the village below the quilt of US plane. Russian forces arrived within the space to assist break up the clashes, in accordance with SOHR. Russia claims that its troopers had been instantly chargeable for resolving the incident in Khirbet Ammo, however video launched since exhibits a Russian army policeman urging the civilian crowd to shout anti-American and pro-Assad slogans, in accordance with The Drive.

In December, American and Russian troops brawled in Tell Tamer in northeast Syria, in accordance with the SOHR.

Russian forces had been current within the space concurrently US troops and when the 2 events met it devolved right into a fist struggle, “because of their presence in the identical space,” in accordance with SOHR.

The American troops had been within the space with an interpreter to get to know the opinions of native residents. In accordance with SOHR, all of the individuals described the US forces as traitors.


Inform Tamer was one of many cities that US troops withdrew from after a call by President Donald Trump. Syrian troops entered the city after the Syrian authorities reached an settlement with the Kurdish-led forces controlling the area to deploy into the world to counter an assault by Turkey. Residents of the Christian neighborhood in Inform Tamer are threatened by Turkish-backed Syrian militias who induced many Christians to flee cities close to the Turkish border after the US withdrawal. 

Reuters and Seth J. Frantzman contributed to this report.