On July 11, checkpoints of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stopped several U.S. military vehicles in three different villages in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The Syrian News Agency said the U.S. vehicles were intercepted by Syrian troops in al-Sybat, Tell Shamiran and Mansaf Tahtani. The vehicles withdrew to their bases after failing to enter the villages.
Several similar incidents took place in northern al-Hasakah recently. A day earlier, army service members intercepted a U.S. convoy consisting of three vehicles in Mansaf Tahtani. Prior to that, a U.S. convoy was stopped next to the town of Tell Tamr.
So far, U.S. forces have not attempted to use force against the SAA and local pro-government fighters. In most cases, Syrian and American service members exchange slurs and threats. These incidents always end up with U.S. forces retreating.
U.S. forces can’t move freely in northern al-Hasakah anymore, especially around tell Tamr and al-Qamishli. The SAA’s influence in the region is without a doubt growing. Damascus is restoring its relations with the locals there with much success.