According to TASS, on January 12, the Russian military police mobilized the largest ever force to patrol Al-Hasakah and parts of northeastern Syria. The Russian military police have mobilized more than 300 soldiers, many armored combat vehicles, logistics vehicles and air escort of Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters.
The convoy patrolled more than 100km from Qamishli, the largest city in Al-Hasakah province and stopped provocations by some illegal armed groups and was ready to respond to aggression. of any party.
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“Our unit patrolled along the Qamishli-Baterzan-Manduha-Andivar route and vice versa. The goal of the patrol was to show off Russian forces and also inspect settlements and subsequent areas. adjacent to the M4 highway, “said Captain Andrei Sidorov, commander of the Russian patrol convoy.
Especially before Russia launched this extremely large patrol, the United States moved a large amount of weapons and military equipment near several oil fields in northeastern Syria.
The US-led coalition’s military convoy entered northeastern Syria from the Al-Waleed Crossroads, controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces. The departure point of the convoy from the Iraqi capital Nineveh. After entering Al-Hasakah, some weapons and military vehicles will continue to move to the US base at Deir Ezzor.
During the move, the US military convoy on Al-Kharafi between Deir Ezzor and Al-Hasakah was escorted by attack helicopters.
“There are about 30 US combat vehicles and tanks included in this deployment,” said SANA.
In the US military convoy, there are many M2A2 combat vehicles, armored vehicles carrying troops and many heavy weapons. Colonel Wayne Marotto of the US Army said the deployment of units of IFV vehicles to Al-Hasakah to ensure long-term ability to deal with IS terrorists.
“The Joint US Task Force and Operation Against IS (CJTF-OIR) have a plan to permanently deploy motorized infantry weapons to Syria to ensure the security of the US forces there and possibly completely defeated the terrorist force “, Colonel Marotto said.
The purpose of the US deployment of more forces to Al-Hasakah has been made clear, but especially the area where the US military convoy is stationed is close to where there are frequent clashes with Russian patrol forces and also. home to many of the leading oil fields in Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the most concentrated US forces sent to Syria were concentrated at their base in the Istrahat Wazir area of Al-Hasakah Province.
The US military build-up in Syria is believed to be intended to disrupt Russian operations in Al-Hasakah as the country’s military is actively helping Syria ensure security in areas and routes. Highway M-4 linking Al-Hasakah with Aleppo.
More notably, the movement of US troops in the region at such a scale could also impose the possibility that the United States wants to establish a new military facility, possibly within territory owned by the Russian army and Syria takes control.
This is also the risk that conflicts between the US and the Russian-Syrian military might explode. Besides, Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor, Homs, Al-Raqqa are all areas with oil and gas fields.
This place was once the target of an IS terrorist group’s attack. They exploit and sell smuggled oil to surrounding countries, get money to recruit soldiers and buy weapons and equipment.
Now, Syria’s oil and gas fields in the desert region of the east of the country are under the control of President Bashar Al-Assad’s administration and the US military, which currently occupy oil and gas fields. -Omar to the east of Deir ez-Zor.
The Russians and Syrians recently accused the US military’s activities at the Rukban refugee camp, including training rebels in Syria to sabotage the country’s oil and gas fields.
Dozens of militants who surrendered to the Syrian government have claimed to have received training by the US Army to carry out the work, said the head of the Center for Reconciliation of the Russian Refugees and Migrants Monitoring Center Oleg Goralev. attacks on oil and gas sites as well as infrastructure in areas under the control of the Syrian Government Army in the region.