U.S. Releases Photos of Feb. 12 Attack on Troops in Syria

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

Paul Hair

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On Feb. 12, “pro-Syrian regime militia” attacked U.S. troops and other “Coalition forces” while they were on a patrol near Qamishli, Syria. Coalition forces killed one of the attackers and U.S. troops sustained no serious injuries. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) released photos of the incident, some of which appear to show how a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle may have saved at least one serviceman’s life.

CJTF-OIR released one caption for all the photos, which reads as follows (all photos are credited to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham).

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve forces conducting a patrol to protect key terrain and natural resources encountered a hostile pro-Syrian regime militia at a checkpoint near Qamishli, Syria, Feb. 12, 2020. After Coalition troops issued a series of de-escalation attempts and warnings, the patrol was attacked by a barrage of stones, small arms fire, and arson from nearly 10 militia men. Coalition forces returned fire in self-defense, killing an adult male combatant. The incident is under investigation. One U.S. service member received a superficial injury during the engagement and since returned to duty. The Coalition operates in Eastern Syria to partner with Syrian Democratic Forces to defeat ISIS remnants and protect critical infrastructure.

Fifteen photos were released on DVIDS. I’m posting seven of them (which includes the one at the top). Click over to DVIDS to see the rest of them.

Checkpoint near Qamishli, Syria.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

A U.S. serviceman appears to struggle against one or more Syrian militiamen for control of the American flag.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

Damaged glass in an MRAP gunner turret. The damage appears to be from bullet impacts, and it looks like the bullets did not penetrate. If so, and if the damage occurred during this battle, then the turret may have saved the gunner’s life.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

More damage to an MRAP.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

Confrontation between Coalition forces and Syrians.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

Confrontation between Coalition forces and Syrians.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

All Images: U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Jodi Eastham.

Note: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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