An American army helicopter has made an emergency touchdown in Syria, the US-led coalition has mentioned. The assertion adopted a studies by Syrian media that the US chopper had crashed.
The helicopter landed safely in northern Syria and all of its crew was “recovered,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Colonel Wayne Marotto mentioned.
Marotto additionally said that “the incident was not the results of hostile exercise.” He didn’t specify what kind of helicopter it was and the way many individuals have been on board.
A coalition helicopter performed an emergency touchdown at roughly 0930 15SEPT20 in N Syria. The incident was not the results of hostile exercise and the helicopter landed safely. Emergency personnel responded to the incident and there have been no accidents & crew recovered.
— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) September 15, 2020
Marotto’s assertion got here shortly after the Syrian state-run SANA information company reported that an American helicopter had crashed within the countryside within the northwestern Al-Hasakah province, near the Iraqi border. Citing native sources, the outlet reported that US armored automobiles had been deployed to the crash web site.
US troops are energetic in Syria’s northern and northeastern areas, the place they assist native Kurdish forces.
In 2018, a US Military Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter crashed in western Iraq close to the Syrian border, killing all seven folks on board.
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The US troops arrived in Syria in 2014 to combat Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) and have remained within the nation after IS was largely defeated. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly mentioned that American troops are staying in Syria to guard the oil fields within the areas they management.
The Syrian authorities has at all times argued that the presence of the US army within the nation is illegitimate and demanded their withdrawal. Damascus has additionally accused Washington of illegally exploiting Syrian pure sources.
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