VIDEO: US Troops Under Fire at Syrian Checkpoint
U.S. forces exchanged fire with pro-Syrian government militia fighters after their vehicles were stopped at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria, Wednesday, February 12.
The incident occurred in a village near the northeastern city of Qamishli.
The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) terror group said its troops opened fire at a checkpoint manned by Syrian regime forces near Qamishli after they came under small arms fire.
“In self-defense, Coalition troops returned fire. The situation was de-escalated and is under investigation,” Col. Myles B. Caggins, a coalition spokesman, said in a statement, adding that “the Coalition patrol returned to base.”