Footage from the week-long battle to retake an ISIS-held prison in Syria's Hasakah province shows US Special Operations troops attempting at identify enemy locations after their convoy was ambushed.
According to local reports, the US troops were escorting news reporters when their motorcade came under attack by ISIS fighters. The vehicles immediately peeled off and took defensive positions while returning fire.
The situation at the al Sinaa'a prison has been extremely kinetic. The Syrian Democratic Forces have repeatedly claimed to have successfully defeated the Islamic State fighters, only for the battle to reignite in and around the prison.
Varying reports suggest that an Islamic State assault force consisting of anywhere between a couple dozen to a couple hundred fighters stormed the SDF-operated prison to spring fellow ISIS fighters in order to rebuild their terror army.
The US military has taken a significant role in quelling to attack. Videos show Apache gunships, Bradley fighting vehicles, and at least one precision airstrike hitting ISIS targets. Significant casualties have been taken by both the SDF and the Islamic State, but the exact figures vary greatly according to different media outlets. The SDF has, again, claimed to have defeated ISIS and be under total control of the prison, but it may be too soon to tell.