On Tuesday, media were speculating about what would happen if US and Russian forces had a confrontation in Syria. Early Wednesday, an incident happened on the road near Dayrick, where US and Russian vehicles collided, injuring four US soldiers.
Reports are that a US Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle was blocking a road when a Russian MRAP convoy tried to pass. A video of the incident showed one fairly minor-looking collision.
Details are still emerging. No Russian casualties were reported, and four US soldiers were reported to have mild, concussion-like symptoms. US officials described the collision as a “side-swiping,” though the video showed very little contact.
US officials suggested Russia violated deescalation protocols. Russia has largely not commented on the matter publicly. With both forces active in northeastern Syria, there is always a risk of confrontations like that.