USA prosecutes one of its sergeant due to gunfight with pro-Syrian forces
The American “Armytimes” website published a report about preparations for the trial of a sergeant 1st class in the American forces, against the background of gunfight between a number of American soldiers and the Syrian army auxiliary forces in the countryside of Hasaka last summer.
The website stated that the sergeant 1st class, named “Robert Nicoson” of the “Black Horse” division of the “73rd Cavalry Regiment,” is facing charges against the background of the gunfight that occurred between the American forces and the auxiliary forces of the Syrian army in April of last year in the “Tal al-Zahab” region, Hasaka countryside.
The charges against “Nicoson” include violating military instructions and failing to comply with a legal order, with two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of threats, and three counts of obstructing justice.
The accusations against the sergeant were based on the gunfight that erupted for ten minutes due to Nicoson’s provocation of auxiliary forces of the Syrian army at their checkpoint, and then threatening the checkpoint members with his weapons several times.
The continuation of the first sergeant threats to the checkpoint members led to the outbreak of clashes, which endangered the American patrol according to the prosecution, due to the negligence of “Nicoson” and his failure to comply with the military instructions.
The American patrols in various regions of the countryside of Hasaka, Deir Ezzor and Raqqa for nearly a year have been subjected to continuous objections to their work and movement by the residents who are blocking the roads in front of the patrols and preventing them from passing through their villages and towns, as an expression of anger and rejection of the American presence in the region.