Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops and civilian government supporters continue to restrict the movements of US-led coalition forces in Syria’s northeastern region.
On December 23, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported that SAA troops and government supporters had confronted a US-led coalition convoy, consisting of four armored vehicles, on a checkpoint in the town of Khuaylid in the eastern countryside of al-Hasakah. The convoy was eventually forced to retreat.
A few hours later, the Syrian state TV reported that government supporters had intercepted a convoy of the US-led coalition that attempted to enter the town of As-Salamu Alaykum in the northern al-Hasakah countryside. The convoy retreated after failing to pass through the town.
The convoy intercepted near Khuaylid may be the same one that was intercepted a few hours later in As-Salamu Alaykum.
In the last few weeks, the SAA and government supporters tightened their grip on key roads in the countryside of al-Hasakah. As a result, US-led coalition forces failed to complete a number of missions.
On December 20, SAA troops intercepted a convoy of the US-led coalition that attempted to pass through the town of Tell al-Dahab in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah.
— سانا عاجل (@SanaAjel) December 20, 2021
The recent movements of SAA troops and government supporters appear to be a response to the US-led coalition’s recent attempts to expand its operations in northeastern Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIS.