U.S. “deterrence” patrols have come under fire several times recently in the northern Syria flashpoint town of Manbij near the Turkish border, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.
“There were engagements. They were with small-arms fire that were directed toward our patrols,” said Army Col. Ryan Dillon.
“There was more than one,” but no U.S. casualties or damage to vehicles or equipment resulted, he said.
The U.S. troops did not return fire, Dillon said. “We did not engage,” but “we do reserve the right to defend ourselves. We do not know who is behind these attacks, but we are very clear about our presence there.”
U.S. troops have been in Manbij and patrolling other parts of northern Syria since March, when a small contingent of Army Rangers, Stryker fighting vehicles and up-armored Humvees was sent to the town, about 85 miles north of Raqqa.