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World Coalition patrol comes under small arms fire in northern Syria

16:35  12 february  2020
16:35  12 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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In self-defense, Coalition troops returned fire . The situation was de-escalated and is under investigation. 12, Coalition forces conducting a patrol near Qamishli, Syria , encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro- Syrian government FSA groups and Turkish troops in Northern Syria .

The Pentagon said US forces came under attack by small arms fire . The US said that the attacking forces He added that the coalition troops did not return fire but added: "We do reserve the right to defend ourselves." The US stepped up its patrols in Northern Syria in April after Turkey bombed

A coalition patrol came under small arms fire in northeastern Syria on Wednesday and has since returned to base, according to US-led coalition forces statement.

a truck cake sitting on top of a dirt road: A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. - US forces in Syria started pulling back today from Turkish border areas, opening the way for Ankara's threatened military invasion and heightening fears of a jihadist resurgence. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP) (Photo by DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images)© DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/AFP via Getty Images A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. - US forces in Syria started pulling back today from Turkish border areas, opening the way for Ankara's threatened military invasion and heightening fears of a jihadist resurgence. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP) (Photo by DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Tensions in the region heightened after a US drone strike killed Iran's top military commander in January, prompting the country to launch a missile attack on an American base in Iraq.

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[email protected]: Coalition patrol near Qamishli came under small arms fire from unknown After the Coalition issued a series of warnings & de-escalation attempts, the patrol came under small arms fire ." Golan Heights - controlled by Israel. FSA groups and Turkish troops in Northern Syria . Icons.

12, Coalition forces conducting a patrol near Qamishli, Syria , encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro- Syrian government forces. After the Coalition issued a series of warnings & de-escalation attempts, the patrol came under small arms FSA groups and Turkish troops in Northern Syria .

Wednesday's confrontation happened in Qamishli, Syria, after coalition forces on patrol encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-Syrian regime forces, according to a statement posted on Twitter by Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III.

After the coalition patrol issued a series of warnings to de-escalate, it came under small arms fire from unknown individuals and returned fire in self-defense, according to the statement.

It is unclear whether there were any coalition casualties.

The incident is under investigation.

The attack on Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian commander, moved the region closer to war after the country retaliated the following the week. Though President Donald Trump announced there were no casualties in the attack on the American base in Iraq, over 100 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the incident.

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12, Coalition forces conducting a patrol near Qamishli, Syria , encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro- Syrian government forces. After the Coalition issued a series of warnings & de-escalation attempts, the patrol came under small arms FSA groups and Turkish troops in Northern Syria .

12, Coalition forces conducting a patrol near Qamishli, Syria , encountered a checkpoint occupied After the Coalition issued a series of warnings & de-escalation attempts, the patrol came under small arms fire ." Golan Heights - controlled by Israel. FSA groups and Turkish troops in Northern Syria .

Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have raised concerns about the killing of Soleimani, with some saying the Trump administration did not provide evidence of the "imminent" threat that administration officials have claimed the commander posed to US forces in the region. But Trump has continued to defend the strike, saying at his State of the Union address last week that "our message to the terrorists is clear: ... If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life."

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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