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US sends truckloads of military, logistic reinforcements to Syria’s Hasaka after air raids

American forces patrol on the M4 highway in the town of Tal Tamr in the northeastern Syrian Hasakah province on the border with Turkey on January 24, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

The United States has dispatched two convoys of trucks carrying arms and logistics supplies to Syria’s oil-rich province of Hasakah, following its deadly airstrikes on Iraqi resistance groups on the Iraq-Syria border, which triggered warnings of revenge.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Monday that a US military convoy of 40 vehicles, including refrigerator trucks and tankers, entered the Jazira region of Hasakah through the al-Walid border crossing earlier in the day

The sources said the convoy, which had come from Iraq, headed toward military bases run by US forces in Rmelan town.

Another US military convoy of 20 vehicles, loaded with logistic reinforcement, arrived in Rmelan hours later.

US warplanes attacked three targets belonging to Iraqi resistance groups along the border between Iraq and Syria in the early hours of Monday.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, reported that four Iraqi fighters had been killed in the attack on the headquarters of PMU's 14th Brigade.

Iraqi resistance factions, in a statement issued on Monday, pledged to “avenge the blood of our righteous martyrs and wreak vengeance on the perpetrators of this heinous crime”. They also warned the US against repeating its aggression.

Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada Battalions, which operate under the command of Hashd al-Sha’abi, warned of severe retaliation.

“From now on, we will enter an open war with the American occupation. The first of which is targeting its hostile aircraft in the sky over our beloved Iraq,” the group said.

The group stressed that the US bases in Iraq are “within the range of our missiles and we would avenge the blood of our martyrs.”

Later on Monday, Reuters news agency reported that several rockets had hit an illegal base for American occupation forces in the eastern Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr. 

The report named the exact whereabouts of the incident as the proximity of Syria’s Omar oilfield, which is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militant group.

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