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Bases housing US occupation troops in northern Syria come under rocket attacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Army soldiers prepare to go out on patrol from a remote combat outpost on May 25, 2021 in northeastern Syria. (Photo by Getty Images)

Several Katyusha rockets have separately hit military facilities housing US occupation forces in Syria’s oil-producing northern provinces of Dayr al-Zawr and Hasakah.

A military source told the Arabic-language Shafaq news agency that ‏three projectiles slammed into a base, which houses US forces in Dayr al-Zawr and sits near the border with Iraq, on Friday evening.

Witnesses said successive explosions were heard after the rockets targeted the military base. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. 

The US military said it responded to the attack, and struck the rocket launchers with 155mm howitzers.

The General Organization of Radio and Television Syria (ORTAS) also reported late on Friday that a number of rockets had been fired on a military airbase housing US occupation forces in the country's northeastern province of Hasakah. The rockets landed at the edge of the base in al-Shaddadi town.

Last month, four powerful explosions were heard inside a military facility housing US occupation forces in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province, after a number of rockets targeted the base.

Angry locals block US military convoys in Syria’s Hasakah

Meanwhile, local residents of a town in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah have prevented a US military convoy from attempting to pass through their community.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that a US convoy of five armored vehicles was forced on Friday afternoon to turn around and head back in the direction it came from after Tell Hamis locals blocked the road, and prevented its movement.

The report added that US-backed Kurdish militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) escorted American occupation forces until they left the area.

US reinforcements in northeastern Syria

Additionally, US forces brought in reinforcements from neighboring Iraq into areas in northeastern Syria, SANA reported.

The American forces brought in a number of battle tanks through al-Waleed border crossing between Iraq and Syria, SANA said, adding that 40 military vehicles entered the Syrian territories.

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.

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