Following a series of reports on alleged fresh US casualties in Syria on April 2 and April 3, rumors and speculations over the situation in the US-occupied part of Syria have developed further.
On April 4, Telegram channel WarGonzo (one of the key sources of the rumors) claimed that 6 more US service members had been killed and 2 others injured in an IED blast on the road between Al-Shaddadah and Hasakah. The blast allegedly destroyed one armoured vehicle belonging to the US-led coalition. The IED had been allegedly planted by mysterious “local partisans” allegedly belonging to the group named “Popular Resistance In Eastern Region” [or “National Resistance Forces”].
Once again, no photos or videos confirming these claims were provided. The US-led coalition has not revealed any casualties.
Meanwhile, videos showing alleged members of “Popular Resistance In Eastern Region” have appeared online.
In the first video, Popular Resistance In Eastern Region waves a Syrian flag in the city of Raqqa, controlled by the US-led coalition and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces.
— 24 Resistance Axis (@Syria_Hezb_Iran) 4 April 2018
Another video is a statement by alleged members of “Popular Resistance In Eastern Region” in which they vowed to fight US forces and US-backed armed groups in Syria.
Members of the ‘Popular Resistance in the Eastern Region’ (which supports #SAA) declare that they will start fighting #PKK and #US forces in Syria. They promise to fight till the US and PKK leave their land. pic.twitter.com/qUgtARZRfD
— Mr. Revinsky (@MrKyruer) 1 April 2018
Despite the claims that “Popular Resistance In Eastern Region” is sympathetic to the Syrian Arab Army, there is little known about the group and no facts can confirm its supposed links to the Syrian government.
While the situation remains unclear, some Syrian experts even suggested that the entire story with “Popular Resistance In Eastern Region” may be a PR campaign aimed at further fueling tensions between Damascus/the Syrian Army and the US-led coalition/US-backed forces.
In any case, the current situation is a perfect example how rumors and speculations have become widely spread by some media outlets without any critical evaluation.
As it was noted earlier, some rumors about the alleged US casualties from attacks by “partisans” have been repeated by the Russian mainstream media.
More about rumors circulating over the alleged US casualties in Syria: