According to the White House, during the tense confrontation in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, Russian military vehicles and attack helicopters surrounded two American armored vehicles and wounded the US military.
The video of the confrontation shared on Twitter, apparently filmed by onlookers and the Russians themselves, seems to show Russian troops and helicopters trying to pack American vehicles into boxes and then drive them out of the area near Dayrick.
The vehicles appeared to collide with each other, and at a certain moment (perhaps at the beginning of the confrontation), one of the helicopters hovered very low above the stalled American and exploded it with a prop wash.
The White House National Security Council said in a statement that a Russian vehicle hit a U.S. mine-protected all-terrain vehicle, “causing injuries to the occupants of the vehicle.”
The NSC or the Pentagon did not provide detailed information on the number of injuries and the extent of injuries.
National Security Council spokesman John Uliott said the US vehicle was a security patrol of the Anti-Islamic State Alliance.
He said the patrol had left the area to escalate the situation.
“Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of de-confliction protocols, committed to by the United States and Russia in December 2019,” said Ullyot.
“The coalition forces and the United States do not seek to upgrade any national military force, but the U.S. military always reserves the inherent rights and obligations to defend itself from hostilities.”
US-Russian forces have frequent contacts in Syria, but confrontation rarely occurs.