Publish date9 Mar 2020 - 8:03
Story Code : 454256

Syrian forces, local people force US convoy to retreat in Hasakah

Syrian government forces and residents in an area in Hasakah, angry at presence of foreign forces in the country, have blocked the ways and forced a US military convoy to retreat in the northwestern Syrian province.
Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that Syrian army soldiers stopped the American convoy, consisting of 7 armored vehicles, as it tried to make its way through the village of Kuzelia, which lies  west of Tal Tamr town, on Sunday.

Locals then threw stones at the American convoy and cursed the soldiers, forcing them to move back.

The development came only two days after local residents of Rumailan al-Basha village in the same Syrian province hurled stones at US troops as their convoy sought to drive through the area.

Separately, scores of Turkish-backed Takfiri militants have been killed and injured as infighting between rival groups continues in the embattled northern part of Syria.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), citing local sources, reported that a fierce exchange of gunfire broke out on Sunday when members of the so-called Ahrar al-Sharqiya (Free Men of the East) militant group launched an offensive on the positions of the Levant Front (Jabhat al-Shamiyah) terrorists  in the northern Syrian border town of Tal Abyad.

The sources noted that the clashes have left dozens of militants killed and injured from both sides.

The incident took place only a few days after dozens of Turkish-backed militants were killed in a dispute over the distribution of property stolen during attacks in the western countryside of Tal Abyad.

SOHR reported that the militants were killed in the village of Kafifa on March 5 after they turned on each other and engaged in a heavy gun battle.

Also on Sunday, scores of Turkish-backed militants were killed and injured after members of Hamzat and Ahrar al-Sharqiya Takfiri terrorist groups were engaged in an internal dispute over booty in the village of Tal Halaf of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

This comes as Press TV has obtained credible information from sources on the ground that Ankara is generously offering various kinds of support to roughly 80,000 Takfiri militants in their fight against Syrian forces.

The sources, requesting not to be named, said some 38,500 extremists are operating under the banner of the so-called National Front for Liberation. The group joined the Turkish-backed so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) on October 4 last year, and their merger was announced at a press conference in the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa at the time.

The FSA is estimated to have 22,000 members, who are commanded by self-proclaimed Colonel Haitham al-Ofeisi.

Additionally, the al-Qaeda affiliated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) receives major support from Turkey. The militant coalition is led by Ahmed Hussein al-Shar’a, known by the nom de guerre Abu Mohammad al-Julani, and is believed to consist of 18,000 militants.
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