Syrian Arab Army soldiers and supporters of the Damascus government confronted U.S. forces in Syria’s northeastern region on two occasions in the last few days.
On November 16, a convoy of the U.S.-led coalition, made of up of six armored vehicles, was intercepted at an army checkpoint near the town of al-Bwaladiyah in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
Syrian soldiers prevented the convoy from entering the town, while the locals attacked the armored vehicles with stones. Eventually, the convoy was forced to retreat. The confrontation didn’t result in any casualties.
Two days later, on November 18, another convoy of the U.S.-led coalition was intercepted by Syrian soldiers in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah, this time near the town of al-Damkhiyah. The convoy, which consisted of five armored vehicles, withdrew from the outskirts of the town minutes after being stopped by the soldiers.
Syrian soldiers and government supporters have been attempting to restrict the movements of U.S. forces in the northeastern region, especially in the countryside of al-Hasakah, for a while now.
To this day, the U.S. maintains several hundred service members in northeastern Syria. Most of these troops are deployed at bases located within key gas and oil fields in al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor. The coalition expanded and reinforced many of these bases this year, signaling it intention to remain in the region for a long time.
The U.S. military presence in northeastern Syria have not been without a cost. On November 17, a rocket attack targeted a key coalition bases in Deir Ezzor.