Three US Soldiers Wounded in Convoy Ambush in Eastern Syria

Convoy was accompanied by Kurdish SDF forces

Syrian state media has reported an incident in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor Province where three US soldiers and five Kurdish SDF were wounded when they were ambushed by an as-yet unknown militant force.

The US and Kurdish forces were on a joint patrol as a convoy and were ambushed just outside of a village. It’s not at all clear who the attackers were or why they targeted the convoy. If they were targeting the SDF primarily, it would be likely they were Turkish-backed rebels.

The US presence in Syria is limited to the far east of the country, where they are claiming a single oilfield. President Trump has insisted that taking the oil is the sum total of US military priorities in Syria, though clearly they are also having joint patrols.

The US has potential enemies in the country too, Islamist groups that they were fighting earlier in the war and also other factions that would like to have that oil.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.