US convoy forced to move back by Syrian army in Hasakah
Iran Press TV
Friday, 10 July 2020 3:01 PM
A US military convoy has been forced to retreat from an area in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah when it was blocked at a checkpoint of the Syrian Arab Army.
"The checkpoint personnel intercepted three armored vehicles of the American occupation in the village of Mansaf Tahtani in the countryside of Tell Tamr (in Hasakah) and forced them to return to their illegal bases," Syria's official news agency SANA reported on Friday.
The convoy was reportedly attempting to bypass the checkpoint.
No clashes were reported in the event.
Hasakah has hosted several scenes of US military convoys being forced to change route or retreat.
People in Hasakah blocked roads in a show of seething resentment over the presence of American troops in their region.
Late last month, another military convoy was forced to make a u-turn after a group of people blocked its road, preventing it from driving through their community.
Residents of Khirbet Bunyan village, which lies in the Malikiyah district of the province, did not allow it to move and pelted it with stones.
Since late October 2019, the United States has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump's earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.
The Pentagon claims the move aims to "protect" the fields and facilities from possible attacks by the Daesh Takfiri terrorists. That claim came although Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.
Syria, which has not authorized the presence of the US military in its territory, says Washington is "plundering" the country's oil.
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