On December 26, a group of angry locals intercepted and stoned several U.S. armored vehicles in Syria’s northeastern region.
According to the available information, the vehicles were conducting a patrol near oil fields in northern al-Hasakah, when they were intercepted by a group of angry locals near the town of Dhabanah, in the outskirt of Qamishli.
A video released by activists in northeast Syria shows the locals throwing rocks at the vehicles and ripping a U.S. flag apart after taking it from one of the vehicles.
The incident last for a few minutes only, with the U.S. patrol leaving Dhabanah once the road was open again. No one was reportedly harmed.
Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Kurds and Arab locals in Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah called U.S. forces, which were conducting a survey in the town, “traitors.” Later, U.S. service members got into a brawl with Russian Military Police personnel in the town.
These incidents reflect the chaotic nature of the situation in northeast Syria. The U.S. is refusing to withdraw its troops from the region, despite facilitating a Turkish-led attack on its allies there last October.