Amid smoldering public resentment over the deployment of American occupation forces in northeastern Syria, scores of people have blocked a US military convoy in the province of Hasakah as it was attempting to pass through their community.
According to a report published by Syria’s official news agency SANA, the convoy of three armored vehicles was forced to turn around and head back in the directions it came from after locals intercepted it in the village of Hamou, which lies on the southern outskirts of Qamishli city, at around 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) on Monday. The villagers threw stones at the convoy.
SANA added that the convoy was accompanied by a car belonging to US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
On November 15, a US military convoy was forced to retreat from an area near the village of Tal Ahmed, close to Qamishli, after Syrian government forces and groups of local residents, upset with their presence in the region, blocked its way, and prevented the passage of US armored vehicles.
Syrian army soldiers had also forced a US military convoy to retreat from the entrance of Qamishli on November 11.
Local sources told SANA at the time that five military vehicles belonging to American occupation forces tried to enter the city through al-Wafa roundabout, but Syrian army forces stopped them at the Rasho security checkpoint and forced them to return to the area where they came from.
The US military has stationed forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.
Damascus, however, says the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s resources.
Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in Syria for its oil.
After failing to oust the Syrian government with the help of its proxies and direct involvement in the conflict, the US government has now stepped up its economic war on the Arab country.