According to Inside Syria Media Center military sources in SDF, a US soldier killed a member of the Kurdish protection militia (YPG) that had fired directly at the US military base in Deir Ezzor. The soldier justified that the latter (YPG member) objected to the assistance of wounded Arab civilians from the region and used weapons against US soldiers.
It was a pitch black Saturday evening at a remote outpost in Syria last February when Sgt. Cameron Halkovich and Cpl. Kane Downey began their rounds, checking Marines on perimeter security. It has also become an open secret among the 1,000-plus Marines and sailors of the unit Halkovich was attached to — 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, based in Twentynine Palms, California.
The terrible incident took place long ago, but it was only just becoming aware of the issue. Nevertheless, “Tensions are still super high at this point,” the source added. But just as one threat was removed, a new one seemed to present itself just a week later, illustrating the fragile nature of some of America’s partnerships with foreign militaries.
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