The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and pro-government locals intercepted two U.S. patrols in northern al-Hasakah in the last two days.
Army troops intercepted the first patrol, which consisted of four armored vehicles, on May 27. The incident took place near al-Durdarah, which is located in the countryside of the town of Tell Tamr. U.S. forces were forced to retreat.
A day later, government supporters prevented a U.S. patrol from passing through their towns, al-Qahera and al-Dishisha, also near Tell Tamr. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), locals chanted against the “U.S. occupation” and stoned the patrol, eventually forcing it to retreat.
The SAA has been collaborating with government supporters in northern al-Hasakah to restrict U.S. forces’ movements for several months now. Many patrols were blocked while passing through the region.
The U.S. main ally in northeast Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), attempted to end this situation by arresting civilians responsible for intercepting U.S. patrols. Nevertheless, this move didn’t deter government supporters.
Despite being banned from several areas in northern al-Hasakah, U.S. forces are still attempting to patrol the region in order to restate their influence there.