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Why Russian Tigers Stuck in Syrian Mud: thoughts and facts

Why Russian «Tigers» stuck in Syrian mud: thoughts and facts

The Russian military presence in Syria does not last the first year. During this time, more than once there were incidents with the US military, who blocked the path of our military equipment. Armored vehicles were forced to drive to the side of the road.

18 January 2020 of the year. The Russian military patrol left Amuda village and headed for the Jul Aga oil field in the Rumeylan city of Hasaka province. However, our troops couldn’t calmly pass along the route - the American troops blocked their path. known, that around Rumeilan, in the territory, controlled by Kurdish Self-Defense Forces, is the military base of the american army.

This is not an isolated incident.. The US military blocked the way to patrol the Russian military police, coming from the city of Kamyshly. At the intersection of Tel-Baidar, American armored vehicles blocked the road. After a skirmish, the Russian military was forced to turn around and head back.

February 2020 of the year. An armored car "Tiger" and three armored personnel carriers with Russian flags follow the direction of Amuda in the province of Hasaka. Ahead there are several armored vehicles of the American army.

Suddenly, an American armored car blocks the way for the Russian armored car and literally pushes it to the side of the road, and further in the field. US Urban Command spokesman Bill Urban declined to comment. Russian armored vehicles stuck in the mud. In one of the episodes came to the rescue “Typhoon”. Why “Tigers” stuck in syrian mud?

There is an opinion on, that the Americans specifically chose a place, where the soil was most loose – agricultural areas, excessively moist in winter. Any attempt to detour could lead to, that the technique is literally stuck in loose soil, what ultimately happened.

Russian attempt “tigers” get out on their own only led to a worsening of the situation – armored vehicles themselves “buried” even deeper. And here the engine power YaMZ-5347-10 in combination with other parameters “tigers” led precisely to, that the wheels of the car were not pulled out on suitable soil, and they themselves got stuck deeper and deeper in a muddy and viscous environment. It has been suggested that, in such conditions it was necessary to take into account the engine power and operate with this parameter, so that excessive efforts on gas do not lead to more “failing” armored car wheels.

Why Russian «Tigers» stuck in Syrian mud: thoughts and facts

realizing, what not to do without the help of other technology – able to cope with such a soil without harming itself, and decided to trust more powerful “Typhoonum-k”. They managed. Against the background of malicious snouts of the American military and militants.

U.S. troops ‘dumped Russian Convoy in mud’ in Syria pic.twitter.com/W0ozTN2cBj— Dylan Malyasov (@DylanMalyasov) March 31, 2020

You can list such situations for a long time., but not the point, where and when did they take place, and most importantly, why do the US military consider themselves entitled to behave this way with respect to Russian military patrols and why the Russian army allows (with a few exceptions, since bickering on the road also took place, there was a case, when the Russian armored personnel carrier went on a ram of American equipment) similar attacks in your address. Of course, the most important thing is the information effect. Not for nothing that many world media after each such incident write about a “slap in the face”, which the Americans allegedly inflicted on the Russians, pushing them to the side of the road. And this is to some extent truly true..

Why Russian «Tigers» stuck in Syrian mud: thoughts and facts

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East loves money, but understands the power, reasoned like a Soviet officer, one of the heroes of the “Book on the Afghan Campaign” by Alexander Prokhanov. East sees the power of, who behaves this way. Once the Americans push the Russians out of the way or turn them back, means they have power. And this despite the fact, that the US army on the Syrian land seems to be occupiers, and the Russian military are legally present, by agreement with a legitimate government, President Bashar al-Assad.

But the main thing for the US military is to demonstrate strength, show, that it is they who are the true owners in those territories, where are they present. For the Russian military designated, thereby, minor, if not tertiary (after the Turks) a place.

The second possible reason for such actions is the provocation of the Russian military to some kind of aggressive actions against American soldiers. One can only imagine, what howl would rise in the West, if the Russian military used weapons or even just physical force, pushing Americans out of their way. However, hardly the American command is so naive, what expects to provoke Russians to such acts.

Therefore, American patrols resort to such actions, putting Russians in front of a fork: enter into conflict - provoke a colossal scandal with accusations against Russia, to pull over or turn back - to suffer image losses and then to hear the malevolent laughter of the public that hates Russia - from the Syrian "opposition" – terrorists to domestic "liberals".

Position "do not succumb to provocations", which is so often voiced by the Russian leadership and military command, in a number of situations, of course, Deserves attention, but is it true in this case? After all, every such episode is a spit in the face of Moscow, which not only belittles the pride of our military and for our military, but also demonstrates to the Syrians, the Kurds, to the Turks, the whole Middle East, who is boss.

Of course, no one in their right mind says, what you need to engage in battle with American patrols, make clashes of armored vehicles, but it is necessary to respond to such incidents. How to respond, Let the command of the contingent and higher authorities in Moscow decide, but ignore such actions, fraught with image losses, it does not follow.

Ilya Polonsky

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