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Syria: pro-regime militants & U.S. forces clash

An exchange of fire in Syria between U.S. forces and militants loyal to regime forces erupted in the northeastern al-Hasakah province.

The incident occurred when an American convoy was abruptly stopped at a pro-regime checkpoint in the village of Kherbat Amo, east of Qamishli city. After then coming under fire, the U.S. troops shot back in self-defense.

One Syrian militant identified as a member of the National Defense Forces was killed and another injured in the clash.

A local source reported that the situation dissipated after “Russian forces arrived at the scene,” although a video posted by Syrian state television only showed a stationary Russian convoy several meters away from the purported-incident.

There were no reported injuries to either the American or Russian forces.