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Syrian army forces block US occupation troops in Hasakah, force them to turn back

Syrian government forces block a US military convoy near the village of Qubur al-Gharajneh, which lies north of Tell Tamer town, Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, on January 8, 2022. (Photo by Syrian Arab News Agency)

Syrian government troops have intercepted a US military convoy in the country’s northeastern province of Hasakah as the occupation forces were attempting to pass through a community in the energy-rich region.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that Syrian army soldiers blocked the convoy of four armored vehicles on Saturday evening as it was trying to enter the village of Qubur al-Gharajneh, which lies north of Tell Tamer toen, on Saturday evening.

The American troops were subsequently forced to turn around and go back in the direction they came from. There were no reports of clashes or injuries.

The development came two days after US forces brought in reinforcements from neighboring Iraq into areas in northeastern Syria.

The Arabic service of Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported that a convoy of nearly 30 military vehicles, carrying High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees), battles tanks, bulldozers as well as crates of ammunition and missiles, entered the Syrian territories through al-Waleed border crossing between Iraq and Syria on Thursday.

The report, citing local Syrian sources who preferred not to be named, reported that two US military helicopters flew overhead as American forces brought in the military hardware.

The sources added that vehicles belonging to the Kurdish militants from the People's Protection Units (YPG) escorted the US military convoy.

The convoy initially moved to al-Shaddadi town in the southern flank of Hasakah province, before being deployed to al-Omar oil field in the neighboring Dayr al-Zawr province where American occupation troops run a military base.

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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