The Central Command of the US Army in the Middle East (CENTCOM) “deployed a Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of air patrols (…) and mobilized Bradley combat vehicles” in the area of northeastern Syria under its control and allies his Kurds, according to a statement from CENTCOM spokesman Commander Bill Urban.
Bradley’s vehicles were withdrawn from the area last year following Donald Trump’s decision to remove all U.S. troops from Syria. Eventually, the US president agreed to leave several hundred soldiers to guard the oil wells.
These measures are meant to “defend the coalition forces in this area and ensure that they continue their mission (…) without interference,” the spokesman said.
The communiqué does not mention Russia, but in recent weeks there have been several incidents between American and Russian troops mobilized along the border with Turkey, notes AFP.
In late August, seven American soldiers were injured in a collision with a Russian vehicle. According to videos posted on Twitter, Russian armored vehicles and helicopters tried to block American vehicles and then force them to leave the area.
“The United States is not seeking conflict with any other country in Syria, but will defend coalition forces if necessary,” said Commander Bill Urban.