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Syrian army forces in Syria’s Hasakah stop US convoy, force it to return

Syrian government forces have block a US military convoy in the country’s northeastern province of Hasakah and forced it to turn back amid seething resentment of locals over the presence of American troops in the region.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that the US convoy was confronted by Syrian troops stationed at al-Dardara bridge as American forces were traveling along the road linking the small town of Tal Tamr to Abu Rasin town on Thursday.

SANA added that government forces did not allow the US convoy to move ahead, and ordered it to “go back to the base it came from.”

No one was hurt in the confrontation and there was no immediate comment from the US military.

A similar incident took place on June 25, when a US convoy of armored vehicles headed back to its base after residents of Khirbet Bunyan village, which lies in the al-Malikiyah district of the same Syrian province, did not allow it to move and pelted it with stones. There were no reports of injuries.

Two days earlier, local people in Faris Kabir village in the same province had prevented a convoy of US military vehicles from passing through their village, and hurled stones at the foreign soldiers.

Since late October 2019, the United States has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.

The Pentagon claims the move aims to “protect” the fields and facilities from possible attacks by Daesh. That claim came although Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.

The presence of US forces in eastern Syria has particularly irked the civilians, and local residents have on several occasions stopped American military convoys entering the region.

Syria, which has not authorized the presence of the US military in its territory, says Washington is “plundering” the country’s oil.

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