On July 3, a convoy of U.S. forces was attacked in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The state-run agency claimed that the convoy was targeted with an improvised explosive device near Issa al-Asmanni gas station in the town of Sabhah. The agency has not yet provided any further information on the incident.
According to Twitter user Status-6, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition claimed that the statement made by the SANA was likely false.
“Any reports about U.S. convoy being ambushed or struck by an IED in Deir Ezzor countryside today are most likely false,” Status-6 quoted Col. Myles B. Caggins III as saying.
Last April, the SANA reported a similar attack on a U.S. convoy in eastern Deir Ezzor. Back then, the U.S.-led coalition denied that any attack took place, calling the statements “fake news.” The SANA didn’t provide any solid evidence to back its claims.
Although no concrete timeline has been publicly announced, the Trump administration has signaled its intention to pull U.S. military forces out of the country. Around 500 U.S. troops are still deployed in northeast Syria, supposedly to counter ISIS and “guard” major oil fields in the region.