Syrian Villagers Throw Stones at US Military Convoy

Syrian state media shows convoy leaving village

A US military convoy was chased out of the Syrian village of Farafrah on Wednesday, with locals throwing stones at the vehicles. Syrian state media was present and filmed the incident. There were no casualties reported.

This is the second time a US military patrol has found itself in an area where they were very unwelcome in northeast Syria. Though the US suggests Syrian forces are rabble rousing, much of this seems to be anger among locals for the US leaving their territory during the Turkish invasion, and wandering back in whenever it suits them.

US troops in northeast Syria are nominally there to “control the oil,” and it’s not clear why they carry out these patrols in territory they no longer claim in the first place. The vehicles quickly sped off when faced with a crowd, however.

The Pentagon has yet to officially comment on this incident, nor have the Kurdish SDF forces which are still working intermittently with the US troops.

Author: Jason Ditz

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