Hashtag – Even Douba
Agence France-Presse published yesterday photos showing Russian and American soldiers greeting each other when their patrol paths crossed at an oil field near the town of Al-Qahtaniyah in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasaka, bordering Turkey.
Some social media influencers considered the photos a surprising step, especially since the past few years have witnessed tensions between Russian and American forces in eastern Syria, even though, these tensions did not escalate into a direct confrontation.
It is worth noting that the US forces are stationed in several bases and military points east of the Euphrates River, and support the Kurds in the area, while Qamishli Airport is Russia’s largest base east of the Euphrates.
In October 2015, the United States deployed its first batch of Special Forces, consisting of “fifty soldiers to Syria in a non-combat advisory role.”
Earlier, the international coalition to fight ISIS was formed in August 2014 after the events in Mosul.
By September 30, however, the Russian forces completed their seventh year in Syria.
Moreover, Thousands of Russian soldiers are stationed in more than thirty military bases and points supporting the Syrian army in its operations.
Reports stated that the average Russian military expenditures in Syria ranged between 3 to 4 million dollars on a daily basis.