On January 15, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and supporters of the Damascus government intercepted three convoys of the US-led coalition in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah.
SAA soldiers intercepted the first coalition convoy at a checkpoint near the town of al-Damkhyah. A unit of the Russian Military Police was deployed to prevent any provocations. Eventually, the convoy was forced to retreat.
at the Damkhiya checkpoint, nearthe city of Qamishli, the Syrian army blocked the movement of a convoy of five armored vehicles of the US army, which were accompanied by the SDF,Russian military units arrived at the checkpoint. The US patrol was forced to turn around pic.twitter.com/IBAjNB7GzP
— Spriter (@spriter99880) January 15, 2022
The second convoy was intercepted by SAA soldiers at a checkpoint in the town of Tell al-Dahab. The convoy retreated after a short standoff.
Syrian troops intercepting a US convoy near Tel Adhab today. pic.twitter.com/RPEYVeJHCO
— Within Syria (@WithinSyriaBlog) January 15, 2022
The last convoy was intercepted by SAA soldiers and government supporters in the town of al-Salihiyah. The convoy was quickly forced to retreat.
— الوكالة العربية السورية للأنباء – سانا (@SanaAjel) January 15, 2022
The SAA and government supporters have been working to restrict the movements of the US-led coalition in the northern and eastern countryside of al-Hasakah for the last few months. In December alone, more than a dozen US-led coalition convoys were intercepted in the two areas.
Last year, the US-led coalition expanded its presence in al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor, especially in key oil and gas fields, under the pretext of fighting ISIS.