According to the Syrian state news outlet SANA, a US-led military convoy of about 40 vehicles entered northeastern Syria from Iraq on Thursday. The convoy reportedly passed through the al-Waleed border crossing.
US convoys frequently transit between Iraq and Syria and are often reported by SANA. Last week, SANA reported that a US military convoy consisting of 60 vehicles entered Syria through al-Waleed.
Some reports said 200 US troops arrived in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh province on helicopters, but nothing has been confirmed. The US has been intentionally vague about how many soldiers it has stationed in Syria. The former US envoy to Syria, Jim Jeffrey, who resigned in November, admitted in an interview that he was “always playing shell games” to hide the real number of US troops in Syria.
The last time the US announced it was sending additional troops to Syria was back in September. The Trump administration deployed an additional 100 troops and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to reinforce the estimated 500 soldiers that were already in Syria. The small troop surge was done after the US military had confrontations with Russian and Syrian forces.
In 2019, after backing down on a full withdrawal, President Trump decided to keep a few hundred troops in Syria to “secure” the oil fields in the region. The Biden administration inherited the small occupation force.