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Unidentified assailants attack US military vehicle in Syria’s Hasakah

Unidentified armed men have attacked a military vehicle of the US forces in Syria’s easternmost province of Hasakah, a report by Syria’s official news agency says.

SANA, citing civil sources, reported on Monday that the vehicle, transporting American troops and members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), came under attack outside Roueished village, south of the province.

The report added that the assault on the Kharafi road destroyed the vehicle and inflicted wounds on a number of the American troops.

Just recently, SANA, citing local sources, reported that a US convoy, consisting of 35 vehicles carrying cement blocks and logistic supplies, entered Syria via the Walid border crossing.

It added at the time that the convoy was heading from the Yaroubiya countryside northeast of Hasakah toward American bases near Qamishli.

Earlier this month, another convoy of military reinforcement consisting of 25 military vehicles and trucks with ammunition had reportedly entered the US base in the city of Shaddadi, south of Hasakah.

The United States has long been supplying the SDF militant group with arms and training, calling the group a key partner in Washington’s purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which has already been defeated and almost eliminated in the Arab country.

Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington’s scheme to carve out a foothold in Syria.

Such support has also infuriated Washington’s NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) – the backbone of the SDF – as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has been engaged in a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.

The presence of US-supported YPG militants in northern and northeastern parts of Syria has prompted Turkey, for its part, to conduct a cross-border offensive into the Arab country to purportedly eliminate the Kurdish militants and occupy a long narrow border area in Syria’s north.

Washington and a number of its allies began conducting airstrikes against purported Daesh targets in Syria in September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

US-made missiles, weapons seized in Syria’s southwest

In a separate report on Monday, SANA said authorities had managed to discover and seize Western and US-made missile and weapons from the remnants of terrorists in the southwestern provinces of Damascus and Quneitra.

It added that the discovery and the subsequent seizure of these missiles, weapons and ammunition were made while authorities were conducting a clean-up operation in the areas purged of terrorists by the Syrian army troops.

The report added that among the seized weapons were the Malutka anti-tank missile, RPGs, rifles, Western and American-made submachine guns, hand grenades, satellite broadcasting, telecommunications devices, medicines and medical equipment as well as a number of stolen cars.

It was not the first time Syrian forces discovered ammunition of the sort.

Turmoil, taken advantage of by Washington and many of its Western and regional allies, erupted in Syria in 2011. Militants and Takfiri terrorists overran parts of Syria’s territory before government forces retook almost all of them with help from Damascus’ allies, including Russia.