Twenty-two US soldiers injured in a helicopter crash in northeastern Syria, according to the Central Command of the coalition forces, (Centcom), on Tuesday, without going into details.
“On June 11, an accident involving a helicopter in northeastern Syria injured 22 American soldiers to varying degrees,” Centcom said in a statement.
Ten of the injured were transferred outside the central command’s area of operations to receive care in advanced health facilities, according to the statement.
“The cause of the accident is still under investigation, although no hostile fire has been reported,” Centcom said.
Meanwhile The US Army has sent military reinforcements to its bases at al Hasakah Governorate, which is under the control of the Kurdish units.
A US reinforcements, consisting of a military and logistical convoy consisting of about 40 vehicles, entered through the Iraqi/Syrian al Walid border crossing on Sunday evening.
The US military reinforcements consisted of military armored vehicles, fuel tankers and large quantities of ammunition, which went to the bases and military points of the US forces in the areas of Rumailan, Tal Baidar and al Shadadi in al Hasakah governorate.
This continuous US army increasing its presence in Northeastern Syria, which is rich of oil and Gas resource beside the region considered as the food basket of Syria, intensified even more recently with new developments.
Forbes magazine said that the recent news to revealed information that US deployment of the HIMARS missile system in Syria raises questions about the reason for taking the step at this time, and about the side that the US believes its forces need to deter or strike.
The Forbes magazine quoted Nicholas Heras, a researcher at the Newlines Institute, as saying that Washington wants to have a garrison in the long term in northeastern Syria, and it needs a protection force that can respond quickly to threats, and this is what the HIMARS system provides effectively.
In turn, Ryan Paul, a researcher at the Intelligence Risk Studies Company, said it was likely that the deployment of HIMARS directed against Iranian militias, which recently targeted US forces I the region.
He made it clear that Washington wants to send a message to Moscow, Tehran and Damascus that the methods of harassment against it won’t push it to withdraw its forces, and that the deployment of HIMARS will put them in an unequal position.
Paul indicated that the HIMARS missiles would threaten Iranian and Syrian sites from a distance, if the US forces were bombed in the future, expressing his belief that the matter is related to strengthening the current US presence and preventing the Iranians from acting harshly in the wake of Syria’s normalization of its relations with the Arab League.