Counter measures will be taken by US troops in case they “feel threatened” by Syrian or Russian air forces, according to a senior US military official. The warning comes in the wake of a recent incident with Syrian warplanes attacking areas close to US Special Forces.

“We’ve informed the Russians where we’re at … (they) tell us they’ve informed the Syrians, and I’d just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened,” recently appointed US commander of American forces in Iraq and Syria Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said in a telephone interview with CNN on Saturday.

The US-led coalition had to order up its planes stationed near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah after two Syrian Su-24 jets dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US forces positions on Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters shortly after the incident.

The US-led coalition on the ground tried reaching the Syrian warplanes on a common radio frequency, but there was no response. They had to contact the Russian command that confirmed that their plane wasn’t involved.

By the time the US planes arrived, the Syrian jets had already left. The bombing caused no casualties, Pentagon reported. The US Special Forces were ordered to change location as a precaution while US jet patrols over the region were beefed up.

The US would “take whatever action is necessary” to defend their troops, Davis also said.

Earlier in July, the chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov reported that Russia and the US are exchanging information on “most sensitive issues.” He admitted “despite the problems that exist,” the secret services “are in a constant contact.”

“With regard to anti-terror issues, both we and they [Americans] understand the need for concrete cooperation, information exchange, and working together,” Bortnikov said.

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Next week Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry are to meet in Geneva to discuss the Syrian settlement and, among other issues, the Russia-US cooperation and more active exchange of intelligence, media reports suggest, citing unnamed US officials.

RT

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Javed Hussain
Javed Hussain
2016-08-21 22:59

Wondering under which #UNSC resolution are U.S forces threatening Syria not to conduct milatary operation on their own land.

Hanin Elias
Hanin Elias
2016-08-21 22:56

Yankee go home

Michael
Michael
2016-08-21 23:24

HAHAHAHAHA what a joke. Does he not realize they are the ones violating international law?

زخاري رويال
زخاري رويال
2016-08-21 23:04

Shut up. The US is in Syria illegally.

Babyboomer
Babyboomer
2016-08-21 22:59

no body is freighted, they all know that Hussein is the Commander in Chief

Achillus
Achillus
2016-08-21 22:54

Hurensohn

Howard
Howard
2016-08-21 23:35

So who gave the Americans the right to be in Syrian territory? And of course the NATO forces now operating in Syria are against international law? Is Syria now the 51’s state of the US?

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Prince Teutonic
2016-08-21 23:54

Let them test S-400 american cunts!

Allan Beatty
Allan Beatty
2016-08-21 23:54

Tüm Erdoğan’ın Clan Suçlarla ve yalan ortaya çıkarmak için daha uzun 7 yıl sürecek. Türkiye bu hain AB’ye girmeyecek.

Игорь Витькин
Игорь Витькин
2016-08-21 23:54
Игорь Витькин
Игорь Витькин
2016-08-21 23:53
Sebastian Prill
Sebastian Prill
2016-08-21 23:44

@petejohn10 die us briten lololololo wie war das mit Harrp und Erdbeben. ?

Dee Dee
Dee Dee
2016-08-21 23:35

Time to sue: illegal invasion, occupation, annexing land for air base; intent to annex off for ZioKurdistan, aiding terrorism

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-22 01:24
Reply to  Dee Dee

Kurdistan is not Syria anymore. Assad did NOTHING to protect the kurds and ppl around from the Daesh invasion, game over for Syria there, like it or not. Anyway, some countries of the area are nothing else than artificial states created by drawing lines on a map one century ago without taking any care about ethnicities when the infamous Ottoman Empire was partitioned. It won’t be a bad thing at all if such errors are corrected. Kurds have more than deserved to have their own nation by spilling their blood under turkish, syrian, iraqi and iranian oppression… Pictures of Halabja… Read more »

Ali Baba
Ali Baba
2016-08-21 23:35
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JoyMadrugada R
2016-08-21 23:56

USA policies …Ruin everything in M east …. Back in 2011 threat Assad then they never admit that ISIS could finish if they help in real …. And now from Syria soil threat …well Syria ….

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FlorianGeyer
2016-08-21 23:57

The US troops are supporting terrorism and deserve a b****y nose.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-22 02:51
Reply to  FlorianGeyer

Nope, they’re supporting the kurdish people in fighting your Da’ish friends. I clealy won’t say the same thing about anybody in the US federal govt or apparatus, especially in the DoS. But it’s the same on a lot of actors in this history : look at Hizbullah : they’re doing great at fighting all these shithadists and I’ve even been puzzled seeing pictures of Hizbullah fighters protecting… a church and even one doing a military style salute to a representation of Jeez!!!. Funny fact : they abandoned jihad a few years ago and they acted REALLY nasty, especially Badredine, i.e.… Read more »

Ralph Lawrence
Ralph Lawrence
2016-08-21 23:56

American warns Syria that any action taken against Americans illegally and without mandate on Syrian sovereign territory is hazardous?

Vincie Siziba Mdawini
Vincie Siziba Mdawini
2016-08-22 00:11

Nonsense! Have you occupied Syria? Get out of Syria you were not invited.

James Portugal Bustillo
James Portugal Bustillo
2016-08-22 00:57

filthy dog imperialist!!….

madeinlondon
madeinlondon
2016-08-22 01:55

@leithfadel Top US commander warns Syria against operations in Syria..????.

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Unknown
2016-08-22 01:59

Blow it out your a*s Hillary’s puppet! Are you even aware that your men are in Syria illegally?

Omar Atm
Omar Atm
2016-08-22 02:06

Dogs of war

AJRimmer
AJRimmer
2016-08-22 03:24

Armed man invades home; warns homeowner against defending his family

Grandioso Hameed
Grandioso Hameed
2016-08-22 05:42

None invites US troops to station in syria and iraq, and so syrian and iraqi forces have their every right to defend the sovereignty of their country from US gradfly.

simon
simon
2016-08-22 11:58

look at this warmongering, terrorist, Zionist.

biersauer
biersauer
2016-08-22 20:14

US ist illegal in Syrien! Erst wollten sie Erdogan putschen, weil das nicht gelang, wollen sie über Nordsyrien nun den Luftraum sperren. Die Kurden dienen dabei als Kanonenfutter., als willige Lakaien für die Amis.